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Huckleberry Finn – Does His Character Represent Racism?
Racism means "the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and the belief of one specific race's superiority". This word plays a major role in history and in this novel. Many people and many facts lead you to believe Huckleberry Finn represents racism. I, on the other hand, believe Huckleberry Finn does not represent racism.
Throughout history critics have criticized Mark Twain about Huckleberry Finn being a racist novel and Twain himself being a racist. Mark Twain, through his writings in Huckleberry Finn make it clear he does not support racism in any way. For example, Mark Twain portrayed Pap Finn, a racist, as an uneducated, alcoholic that beats his kid. On the other hand, he portrays Jim, a slave, as a caring, loving father and a trustworthy companion to Huck.
" ... the reader is presented with a very caring and father-like Jim who
becomes very worried when he loses his best friend Huck in a deep fog.
Mark Twain is pointing out the connection which has been made between
Huck and Jim. A connection which does not exist between a man and his
The story takes place when black people were not considered equal to white people. Back then the word "nigger" referred to black people. Mark Twain did not write the word to degrade black people or to be racist, he wrote it to be historically accurate of the times. " To say that Twain is racist because of his desire for historical accuracy is absurd."
"...search through all of Twain's writings, not just the thirty-plus volumes of
novels, stories, essays, and letters, but also his private correspondence, his
posthumous autobiography and his intimate journals, and you'll be hard put
to find a derogatory remark about the black race, and this at a time when
crude racial stereotypes were the basic coin of popular fiction, stage
comedy, and popular songs." If Mark Twain wrote the "politically correct" style of writing the critics talk about it would take away the deep undertone the novel contains and it would lose it's classic quality.
Throughout history, and even today, people's racist society upbringing blinded them from forming their own opinion.
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comes very close to rationalizing Jim's slavery. However, he is never able
to see a reason why this man who has become one of his only friends,
should be a slave. Through this internal struggle, Twain expresses his
opinions of the absurdity of slavery and the importance of following
one's personal conscience before the laws of society. By the end of the
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Someone's property and an inferior man, but an equal."
All the satire and symbolism Mark Twain wrote in his great novel led me to believe that Huckleberry Finn does not portray racism. Instead Huckleberry Finn portrays historical accuracy, satire about racists and how much society can influence someone's opinions. " Mark Twain a "racist"! Isn't it about time we put this ridiculous notion to rest?"