What Is The Negative Effects Of Slavery In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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We have come very far in today 's society with race relations and prejudices. In spite of this we still have a long way to go because prejudices do still exist today. Especially in the south there are many prejudices present; for example, in New Orleans some people are very prejudiced against black people because of all the crime that happens there. It is hard for those people to think differently of blacks when all they experience is the bad side of certain black people. Just as the people in New Orleans deal with trying to get rid of their prejudices there are many others who are faced with this. In Mark Twain 's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain expresses many negative effects of slavery through the adventures of Huckleberry…show more content…
In Huckleberry Finn, Twain portrays black people as being stupid and illiterate. In the beginning of Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry sneaks off with his friend Tom Sawyer and Jim hears them and comes outside wondering who’s in the woods. Jim calls out “Say who is you?... I’s gwyne to set down here and listen tell I hears it again” (7). Twain portrays Jim’s use of English in a very negative way being that Jim cannot speak using proper English; just as Roxy and Jasper in Twain 's Pudd 'nhead Wilson. As Roxy and Jasper have a heated discussion outside; Pudd’nhead Wilson listens and is distracted by them. He describes their conversation as “Idle and aimless jabber [that] went on and on…. for wit they considered it” (pg 6). Pudd’nhead believes that their conversation is irrelevant, a distraction, and improper. Twain also demonstrates the idea that black people are not as smart as white people. Huckleberry plays a joke on Jim while they were on the river. Huck convinces Jim that they were never separated from each other; he had been there the whole time and Jim was just dreaming. Huck is able to convince him and Jim expresses “Well, den I reck’n I did dream it… tired me like dis one” (pg 114). Jim is very naive and he believes Huck, that it was only a dream. The idea that white is prettier than black is present in the novel Pudd’nhead Wilson. As Roxy and Jasper…show more content…
Even though in the beginning Jim is depicted as being naïve he is actually very smart, and has a lot of common sense, along with street smarts. Jim is in touch with nature and is able to understand it well. As Jim and Huck are out in the forest, paddling down the river, Jim interprets the signs he notices. Huck tells the reader “Some young birds come along… Jim said it was sign it was going to rain” (pg 60). Jim is able to understand things that maybe the white people have not been taught or do not understand. This idea about Jim can be easily compared to Roxy, even though she is a slave, she is still smarter than half the white people in her town. All of the people in her town believe that Pudd’nhead is dumb but she sees right through it, she believes that he is smarter than they think. As she thinks out loud she expresses that “He’s de smartes man in dis town; lessen its Judge Driscoll or maybe Pem Howard” (pg 13). In the end Roxy was right about him, proving everyone wrong and also showing that not all black people are dumb. Jim and Roxy both prove the idea; that black people are smart and have the capability to learn, to be true because they both show that they are smart, in their own way. Jim proves the thought that black people have no feelings and show no emotion wrong because he is very loyal to his wife and
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