he book Huckleberry Finn is a satirical/fictitious book written by Mark Twain as a means of exposing a southern society and it’s culture of racism slavery and so on. The story revolves around a young boy and a runaway slave that are both running from something that haunts. Throughout the story there are many motifs of slavery racism and many others in that category all shown through the eyes of a young boy and an older slave. Through thick and thin the two stay close together as a means of comfort and companionship. Jim being a runaway slave and Huck a young white boy of no higher status, but still higher than the slave takes a long journey along the Mississippi River to a road to freedom that they only feel is true freedom from the chains
Throughout the novel, Twain perfects the old-southern Missouri dialect and keeps Huck’s voice standard of the time period. He used a non-romantic approach and believed that: “plain American speech, the dumb American demotic, was an instrument flexible and rich enough for a major moral literature” (Gopnik 1). The crude vernacular Twain used accurately depicts a time of injustice and aggression towards blacks, making the novel appear “racist” through racial slurs and commentary. Each year we learn about white aggression, slavery, the Civil Rights movement, and more. We read textbooks and watch videos about our horrific past, but we don’t really know what went on. Through literature, we can examine it further. Twain allows us to experience the old south with Huck and hear his inner thoughts that paralleled the thoughts of many whites at the time. Twain uses a colloquial tone to grab our attenti...
Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to expose the hypocrisy of racism and religion in society. He clearly displayed how blacks were stereotyped, devalued, and considered to be inferior to whites. He showed how people associated themselves with certain religious beliefs, but only practiced those beliefs at their own convenience. Unfortunately, the issues Twain wrote about still exist in today’s world. Society has made some progress; however, overall, not much has changed since Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, has received much criticism through the years. Yet Ernest Hemingway, among other great American writers, considers this work a great American classic. This novel addresses many social issues in the South before the Civil War, causing some critics to find it racist or degrading to the African American culture. For this reason, these critics often attempt to ban Huckleberry Finn, or at least censor it, taking it out of the teaching curriculum for junior high and high school students. Analyzing Twain’s major themes—his satire of racism, the cruelty of the dehumanization of Jim—and the ignorance and inhumanity of the South reveals that although some subjects and terms used are somewhat mature, this book has valuable lessons to teach.
Few books in the American Literary genre have been as influential and as thoroughly debates as Mark Twains 1985 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Just after being published the book was quickly banned in some libraries. To Twain's critics, the novel is racist on the face of it, and for the most obvious reason, the racial slurs and the harsh depiction of Jim in the novel. I believe that this book is one of the greatest anti-racist books in America. In Huckleberry Finn Twain is not only not being a racist but he is trying to point out how stupid and wrong slavery is. In Huck Finn every aspect of racism is shown through the people in the novel from Pap to Huck himself.
Mark Twain used the backdrop of a children’s adventure novel to expose the post-Civil War Deep South for what it really was; highly prejudice and slow to change. Some people may argue, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is merely an interesting sequel to the already successful, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. But, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is much more than that. Twain used the “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to show how the majority of people in the Deep South continued to be highly prejudice, often corrupt, and slow change. Through Jim, a “black” man, Twain shows how “blacks” are every bit as human and compassionate as “whites”. And, in Huck, he shows how a logical person went through a metamorphous to break away from the traditions of the Deep South to realize “blacks” are people too. In this story, Twain successfully shed light on the unsavory side of the Deep South at a time when our country wasn’t necessarily ready to face it.
In the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, the reader follows the main character, Huckleberry Finn, as he takes the reader through his life. Throughout the novel, Huckleberry Finn shows the reader the adventures, the emotions, and the mistakes he goes through on a day-to-day basis. The several themes that were found in this novel, the symbolism of a few items, the setting of the book and what this novel means to me, create a vivid image to those who read it.
In conclusion, Mark Twain's Huck Finn is a story about society, social relationships, and racism seen in the eyes of a young boy, Huck, and a slave, Jim. Huck Finn lives in a society with a lot of racial dishonesty and racial intolerance, with this said slavery was largely accepted and even became a social norm. Society held a different measure to what it meant to be human and to what social relationships were all about. 1840’s ante-bellum south struggled very deeply with racism, society and social relationships. Blacks were miss treated, many people were disrespected and everyone was covered in self-deception to what was truly going on. It was quoted best by Jim “Humans can be awful cruel to one another” (Twain 116).
Mark Twain wrote Huck Finn during the Reconstruction period in the south, at a time when most Americans wanted to forget all about the institution of slavery and its consequences. However, Twain set the time period of this novel prior to the Civil War when slavery was at its peak. Thus, the racist views he included in the book mirrored the attitudes of most southerners ...
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is arguably Mark Twain’s most valued and accomplished work of literature. Since its publication in 1884, however, its potential literary value has been critically debated. Commonly considered a social commentary, the book portrays the perspectives of Southern society from a young boy as he journeys down the Mississippi river with a runaway slave. Due to its implied themes on controversial and sensitive subjects, some have praised this novel as a masterpiece, while others criticize it as a propaganda that promotes racism. Despite the controversy of its worth, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book of literary and historical values that should be taught in high schools.