Free Black Men Vote Analysis

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free, black men vote. “It was ‘lection day, and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn’t too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in this country where they’d let that nigger vote, I drawed out. I says I’ll never vote again” (Twain 41). This, a white man, gets drunk and does not care enough to vote. Nevertheless, he all of the sudden cares very deeply about voting when he learns that there are African Americans allowed to vote in certain states. It is ridiculous to not cast a vote because people of color are allowed to, in some places in the country. He spoke of the black man as if he were an animal by saying “I says to the people, why ain’t this nigger put up at auction and sold?-that’s what I want to know”…show more content…
Although the young narrator, Huckleberry, and Jim appear to be friends, Huck is arguing with his own consciousness for a while in the novel on whether he is doing the right thing or not. One foggy night the pair got separated and Jim was so worried about Huck and Jim “could a got down on one knees en kiss yo’ foot, I’s so thankful” when he saw him again (Twain 114). Instead of telling the truth, Huck played a trick on Jim and told him that he must have dreamt their separation. Poor Jim, he deeply cared for Huckleberry, almost as if Huck was his own son and he believed every word Huck told him, of course. However, Huck began to feel ashamed and embarrassed for what he done just done to Jim. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed it would make him feel that way” (Twain 115). It is clear that Huck does feel awfully ashamed of himself afterwards because he, a white man, felt ashamed and apologized to his friend, a slave. This is the point when Huckleberry seems to be ignoring his Southern senses (Quirk). Huck referring to Jim as a “nigger” emphasizes they are still not equal and Huck is superior to Jim because of the color of his skin. The reason it most likely took Huck fifteen…show more content…
Twain depicts the slaveholders as good, Christian people on a few occasions throughout the novel. Miss Watson, Aunt Sally, and Uncle Silas own slaves and appear to be kind and generous, however, it is extremely hypocritical for Christians to own slaves. This was the way of life during the 1800’s, devote yourself to a peaceful religion, but yet own human beings as property at the same time. There are several other instances in which Twain poked fun of nineteenth century society. Huck’s father, for example, ranting about a black man voting while he could not even be sober long enough to do it himself. Twain also used the relationship between Huckleberry and Jim to point out the racial differences in society. Especially when Huck apologized to Jim after they separated in dense fog and he convinced Jim it was a dream, and also when Huck believed the right thing to do would be to write Miss Watson and inform her of the location of Jim. Twain also poked fun of Tom Sawyer’s romantic plan to free Jim, a free man, but it was this plan that made it clear that Tom did not care about Jim’s life because it was all for the thrill of adventure. The novel was a good tale on many different levels, when one disobeyed the notice at the beginning of the book. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic piece of
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