Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to expose the hypocrisy of racism and religion in society. In the period he wrote the book, there were two contradictory belief systems regarding race: one stated all men were equal, while the other stated the exact opposite, as it stated all blacks were inferior to whites. This divided society into two groups: the “civilized” (whites) and the “savages” (blacks). Through his writing of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain displayed his opposition of this arrogant and hypocritical belief system, a belief system that unfortunately still exists in today’s world.
Mark Twain’s masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn through much criticism and denunciation has become a well-respected novel. Through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy, Huckleberry Finn, Twain illustrates the controversy of racism and slavery during the aftermath of the Civil War. Since Huck is an adolescent, he is vulnerable and greatly influenced by the adults he meets during his coming of age. His expedition down the Mississippi steers him into the lives of a diverse group of inhabitants who have conflicting morals. Though he lacks valid morals, Huck demonstrates the potential of humanity as a pensive, sensitive individual rather than conforming to a repressive society. In these modes, the novel places Jim and Huck on pedestals where their views on morality, learning, and society are compared.
Mark Twain has always been one of the most controversial authors of all time. Though in recent years, there has been increasing controversy over the ideas expressed in his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In some extreme cases the novel has even been banned by public school systems and censored by public libraries. The basis for this censorship is the argument that Mark Twain's book is racist, but in reality Twain was against racism and used this book to make people aware of what was going on in the south. He did this by using the regional dialect of the south, showing the attitude of the other characters in the novel toward black people, and showing his depiction of black characters. If one were to "read between the lines" in order to understand the underlying themes of the novel, one would realize that Mark Twain was not a racist and was even anti-slavery.
"To Be or not To Be"
In extreme cases the book, Huckleberry Finn, has been banned from some schools because of the depiction of racial tension towards Jim, the black slave, in Huckleberry Finn. This story takes place at a time where slavery was considered moral. Blacks were considered inferior to whites, but Huckleberry challenges the notion that he was raised upon. Through Huckleberry’s adventures Twain expresses his challenge towards civilization’s rules and moral code. One must read between the lines and reach for the meaning in Mark Twain’s subtle literature dialog.
Tim Lively Critical Analysis: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Setting: Late 1800’s along the Mississippi River Plot: When the book begins, the main character, Huck Finn possesses a large sum of money. This causes his delinquent lifestyle to change drastically. Huck gets an education, and a home to live in with a caring elderly woman (the widow). One would think that Huck would be satisfied. Well, he wasn’t. He wanted his own lifestyle back. Huck’s drunkard father (pap), who had previously left him, was also not pleased with Huck’s lifestyle. He didn’t feel that his son should have it better than he. Pap tries to get a hold of the money for his own uses, but he fails. He proceeds to lock Huck up in his cabin on the outskirts of town. Huck then stages his kidnapping and subsequent killing, and takes a canoe across to Jackson’s Island in the Mississippi River. There he comes across a runaway slave, Jim, and the two decide to leave the area. Huck leaves to avoid his father, and Jim leaves to escape a false charge of murder. The rest of the story follows all of their exciting and action packed adventures down the Mississippi River. Themes Slavery is a big theme in this story. Mark Twain was obviously against slavery because it is hypocritical. Throughout the book we see Huck interacting with Jim as human to human, while everyone else treats him like a piece of property. He was especially against the Christians who promoted slavery, since it is obviously wrong and against Ch...
...acist attitudes prevalent in South at this time. For all those school administrators who say that the language and ideology of Twain’s writing is offensive, well, maybe Twain wanted to offend people with this novel. Maybe he wanted to offend them so much that they would come to the realization that individuals should not conform to society’s standards, one of these standards being slavery. Until someone is offended, status quo doesn’t change. Maybe it’s about time that we remove the blindfold from our nation’s youth and stop trying to be politically correct. Maybe it’s about time that kids are exposed to the true horror of racism and prejudice so to detour them from repeating fatal mistakes. High school students are neither naïve nor stupid; they can handle the contents of this novel, and hopefully, learn from Twain’s messages.
Huck derives from antbellum south in a time the basis for morality was given to whites once they were born. This was pretty much summed up in, "white is good, black is bad." This type of society was exremely norrow minded and ignorant which eventually made it a normal concept in which morality was based of of. One of the major places where this is seen is in church, where these ignorant morals were instilled in people of these churches which somehow was justified by religion, more specifially Christianity for timing purposes. This use of religion was highly hypocritical in that the means for justification contradicted many of the moral principles of the religion. "Love your neighbor" became "Love only your white neighbor." In fact they saw it as their duty and as a good deed to own blacks and pieces of property.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel by Mark Twain, tells the story of a young man who runs away from home. While on the run, Huck comes into contact with a slave fleeing from his owner. Huck also lives with this family, so he and the slave, Jim, have a history. Huck and Jim team up and make their get away and head for the free states. On the way, they battle storms, con men, suspicious people, and their own personal morals. Throughout his journey, Huck finds himself conflicted about behavior society deems acceptable. He battles a society which views slavery as a norm and relentlessly attempts to “sivilize” him. Twain uses the character of Huck Finn to illustrate flaws in 1800s American society. While society can have a profound influence on an individual, likewise, there are times when the individual must break free of society’s dictates and determine his own values and beliefs.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the main character, Huck is immersed into the racist and toxic environment of the southern American Society. Throughout the novel, Huck is introduced to many different archetypes of Human Behaviors, and is met with a large variety of responses. Twain uses satire to criticize human behavior and the unnecessary violence that follows, highlighting the stupidity and narrow-mindedness of the southern American Society at that time period.
In the book, Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, the main character Huck, is able
to look past conformist and the effects of his environment. Huck was born into a
society that was supposed to hate black people. Huck was able to see good in a
‘nigger’ , and further a healthy relationship with his slave, Jim. Huck is a very strong and smart person, although he isn’t learned, and can act ignorant from time to time. Mark Twain, many times makes Huck look like a non-admirable person, when Twain does this it degrades him and Huck.