Mark Twain

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Mark Twain has often been accused of being racist due to his derogatory writings of African-Americans in Huckleberry Finn, but he truly is an uneducated satire novelist who is inspired by his own childhood experiences, travels, and political movements, to mock what is wrong within his society.

Critics such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People complained about the “N” language and the use of Jim the Slave in Huckleberry Finn stating that the book was racially biased, though Mark Twain clearly demonstrated racial equality in Huckleberry Finn when he stated “All right, I will go to hell,” and was unable to tell the truth and return his friend into slavery or when he stated “Just because you are taught something right, and everybody believes its right, it does not make it right.” He even went as far as having Huck and Tom do crazy things to free Jim from slavery, like stealing him and sailing down the Mississippi River on the raft. Due to angry critics, and despite critics such as Ernest Hemingway who stood up for him stating that” every part of modern literature is based on Huckleberry Finn” it was pulled off the library shelves in 1885 and the schools removed it from their readings in 1950.

Mark Twain wrote this book during a time when slavery was acceptable and the “N” word was used in the common language. A time often referred to by historians as the Gilded Age, which ironically was coined by Charles Dudley and Mark Twain, after their book titled The Gilded Age;A Tale Of Today, which told the story of Mark Twain's move from Florida to Hannibal, Mo, through the Hawkins migration and the greed that existed after the Civil War and Reconstruction period. It was quite common for Mark T...

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...tion to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn discussed human behaviors,
Aunt Polly (who was Mark Twains Mom) represented goodness and Tom represented the mischiefs boys would typically get into.

Bernard De Voto would further claim “More widely and deeply than anyone else who ever wrote books, he shared the life of America. Printer, pilot, soldier, silver miner, gold-washer, child of two emigrants, a pilgrim…
He wrote books that have something eternally true to the core of his nation’s life.”(Bradshaw, Rodney XXI1)

Therefore, he did not just speak up for slavery but against all wrongs that he saw done during his time period like social class and at times try to encourage humor by saying quotes like “For your race, in its poverty, has one unquestionably weapon-laughter….Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." (Mark Twain, Mystery Stranger).
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