Mark Twain is the author of two very important, however controversial, stories about blacks. Is Mark twain just another subtle white racist attempting to mask secret contempt for the African-American race? It can be argued that Twain is, based on the texts, a racist. This conclusion can be demonstrated drawing multiple examples from his works such as “Puddn’head Wilson” and “the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Additionally, conceptual examples of white negligence regarding black people provided by Toni Morrison will be used to further the argument of Twain’s racist views.
Many scenes in his novel make slaves look like fools. Mark Twain does this purposely to make colored people look and sound like fools, because he is a racist person. Before even getting to chapter, one Mark Twain puts a notice on the book. "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot" (Twain, 2). Twain uses this to show people how he is as a person.
Twain is merely portraying by way of Jim, a very realistic slave raised in the South during that time period. To say that Twain is racist because of his desire for historical accuracy is absurd. Despite the few incidences in which Jim's description might be misconstrued as racist, there are many points in the novel where Twain through Huck, voices his extreme opposition to the slave trade and racism.
Critics who claim the novel is racist mainly argue that the depiction of a character, Jim, is drawn up to be negative. This assumption derives from Twain’s profound use of the word “n****”. At the time the novel was being written, the usage of this word was very common towards slaves and blacks. Even though this word is used countless times through the novel, Twains reason behind using the word was not to identify any characters with negative traits, but to satirize the users of the word and knowledge of white superiority with racism. He satirizes and explores the ignorance of Southern and religious whites.
Of the nigger I used to dream for years afterwards" (Conrad). This remark Conrad made was disturbing and clearly racist because he described the black man as a "nigger" more then once. The Europeans were racist toward blacks. We can see how the European people seem to think the Africans are not equal to them because their black. For example Conrad says, "the thought of their humanity-like yours…Ugly" (Conrad).
This would have been a major factor in the promotion of the trivialization process and also the attaching of the conspiracy theorist stigma. Not only was this a manner of dismissing the Black man’s claims but it also helped to dehumanize him as well. Subsequent to examining America’s Colonial period we concluded that the phrase “whining nigger” would best describe our phenomenon. This would be the most likely phrase used to describe an outraged, outspoken Black man who was complaining about the inhumane brutality of slavery; for this was the angry Black man of the time. In contemplation of this notion we assert that one of the more familiar “whining niggers” during America’s... ... middle of paper ... ...as nice enough to make sure that Banneker’s manuscript was brought to the attention of the French Academy of Science.
He traveled along the American South and Midwest writing as he went, originally moving west with his brother, Orion, in 1861 hoping to strike it rich in Nevada’s silver rush (Ramussen). Twain’s real name was Samuel Longhorne Clemens but took on the name Mark Twain as a reference to a measurement in his job as steamboat captain, a job that would inspire many of his most famous books, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Due to his largely popular books that were told from the point of views of a young children, he is frequently referred to as a “chronicler of childhood” meaning he portrayed adolescence in a way that was both relatable to kids and adults, and was almost a record keeper of the American child’s imagination in his time. He was not like the cookie-cutter authors of his time who mimicked the writing style of English writers, and used his own style and flow of writing. Mark Twain catalyzed a change in American literature by finding his voice through his individuality and consequently encouraging other writers to follow suit.
So Ernest Hemingway wrote: All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called "Huckleberry Finn." There is another novel which is also focus on the slavery named "pudd'nhead Wilson." I'd like to talk about this in detail. It is a vivid picture of the south of slavery days, and is full of the quaint paradoxes which we always look for in Twain's work. "pudd'nhead Wilson" is another name for fool; it is applied hastily to Mr David Wilson, a lawyer and surveyor, who in his leisure hours amuses himself with making "records" of the tips of his acquaintances.
Huck Finn was banned years after being written and published because of its repetitive and vulgar use of the word nigger. Throughout Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain focuses on Ms. Watson, Jim, and Huck’s moral views about race to illustrate that everyone creates different systems of morality. Twain uses Ms. Watson’s view that blacks are property to prove that we create our moral beliefs. She then changes her view on blacks towards the end. Ms. Watson is a Jim's slave owner.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens Samuel Langhorne Clemens or commonly known as Mark Twain was an American writer and humorist. Twain’s writing is also known for realism of place and language, memorable characters, and hatred of bad faith and oppression. Clemens was born in Florida and then later on moved to Hannibal, Missouri, a Mississippi river port, when he was four years old. There he received a public school education. After his father died in 1847, Clemens was assisted to two Hannibal printers, and in 1851 he began contributing sketches to his brother Orion’s Hannibal Journal.