Tom Sawyer And Huckleberry Finn Analysis

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Race is a prominent topic is both “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. In “Tom Sawyer” the main person of color in the story is the villainous Injun Joe, who is part Native American, hence, the usage of the term “injun”. In “Huckleberry Finn”, Jim is a black slave who is attempting to escape to freedom by travelling with Huck. Both characters are important in each of their novels, but problems begin to arise when these characters, their actions, and the way other characters act towards them are analyzed. Injun Joe enters the novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” accompanied by Muff Potter and Doctor Robinson as they attempt to dig up a grave for medical practice. Doctor Robinson orchestrated the crime, and…show more content…
Tom and Huck are on another mischievous nighttime adventure and Jim almost catches them, but since it is dark, he cannot see them. Instead, Jim falls asleep against a tree and Tom suggests tying him to it. Huck veto’s the idea, so instead they take his hat and hang in on the tree in front of him. Then, after Jim wakes up, he believes witches took his hat and when the word gets around, Jim becomes very popular among the slaves of the town. From the moment Jim is introduced into “Huckleberry Finn” he is being made a joke of, and used as a source of fun for Tom and Huck. Also, Jim and the rest of the slave’s beliefs that witches and the devil played a joke on him are a representation of stereotypes of black superstition and ignorance that were believed to be true in the…show more content…
It was only 20 years before the novel’s publication that the Ku Klux Klan was formed, the civil war ended, and slavery was abolished. Therefore, Racism was still a common practice at the time; the civil rights movement didn’t even start until about 70 years after the novel was published. Mark Twain may have written the novel with the hope of it being anti-slavery and anti-racism, but that does not mean that he approached the topics very

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