Set around 1839 with Huck Finn as the narrator, the novel is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri located along the Mississippi River. The tale commences with Tom Sawyer and Huck acquiring a large sum of money due to their previous adventures chronicled in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Attempting to civilize him and steer him from the wayward side, the Widow Douglass and h...
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...ive stereotyping of African Americans as evidenced by the abundant use of the word nigger and the minstrel show style comedy aura. Rather than challenging 19th century racial stereotypes, Twain in essence confirms it (Leonard and Railton). An extremely offensive and disparaging term, nigger is often associated with dark skinned people (African Americans, etc.). A nigger can also be “a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc. (dictionary reference.com).” Contemptible/ ignorant behavior is glaringly reflective throughout planet via humanity (war, violence, racism, etc.) and the various institutions (religious, political economical, etc.). Suffice to say, Huckleberry Finn is the vehicle that Mark Twain uses to personify the human evolvement process (mental, spiritual, etc.) which is indelible and universal.
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