The defining factor of racism lies within the context of our hypocritical and ignorant beliefs of supremacy during the post-civil war era of American society. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, challenges the racial adversity and social oppression that became prominent throughout the mid 1800’s with a story about rebellious individuals who broke free from the reigns of the civilized world. Main characters Huck and Jim became the representing factors that define the truth behind breaking the stereotypes of racism in American history. The story centrally revolves around a sadistic town which exposes the reality of post-civil war slavery and society. In the face of racial adversity, Mark Twain is a disciple of abolitionism and
Atticus’ fairness displays he is a good parent because he considers that everyone deserves a chance to be understood and have motives for their actions. After disclosing the news to his son and daughter of Tom’s death, Atticus says, “Depends on how you look at it. What was one Negro, more or less, among two hundred of ‘em? He wasn’t Tom to them, he was an escaping prisoner” (Lee 235). Atticus always attempts to place himself in other people’s places in order to give everyone a chance of being understood.
Old Finn represents the hypocrisy that blacks are a nuisance when it is in fact the whites who are more of a nuisance (Henry 1992). Mark Twain, after truly reading the novel, was the exact opposite of a racist. He wrote to surface the problems in society, that continued decades after slavery was abolished. At first glimpse, without truly divulging oneself into the novel, most would say it is racist and pro slavery. If one thinks that, that have completely lost sight of the theme of the novel and should start over.
Furthermore, this displays just how supportive Jeremy is as he does not remain silent when he realizes that his race is the cause of the torment towards the Logan children and how he remains to follow his new acquaintances even if it means that he is forcibly loathed by others in the process. Once again, in the novel, Jeremy gives a thoughtful apology by giving a gift when he realizes that he was wrong for not standing up for Cassie when she had been forced to apologize for an incident not being her fault by Jeremy father, Mr. Simms. According to the text, “Jeremy, who had heard, flushed a deep red and quickly handed Mama a small burlap bag. “I—I brung them
Even though The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn still remains controversial today, Twain employs the “n-word,” to satirize the white society he lived in and how common racism was towards the freed slaves, even though they were considered free. Moreover, Mark Twain wish to use the “n-word” in his novel because he wanted to illustrate how racism can degrade an individual’s status down to an animal. By changing the novel because it contains an obscene term, one changes the purpose Twain wished to create in his novel, which is considered to be a form of censorship. Clearly, Mark Twain’s use of the “n-word” serves people to see the bigger
Twain uses emotions and pathos in order to emphasize the morals within the novel. Such as creating a sympathetic sentiment towards the slave family while simultaneously creating disdain towards slavery. Another example is Jim, a captivating character, being sold into slavery for little money to once again create a negative connotation towards slavery. Twain also creates a pro-equality message by having Huck, an endearing character, recognize that he and Jim are equals, and using Pap as satire to portray racists as contemptible people. However, critics argue that actions such as the king being paid for his lies encourage deceiving others, despite the fact that in the long run they end up tarred and feathered and actively punished for their fabrications.
Twain chooses a child to narrate the book because of the innocent and fresh perspective. Huck has been raised to see slaves as object. Even his outspoken father, Pap, vows to stop voting because a freed slave is able to vote (Twain 34). When Huck is confronted by the idea of running away with Jim, he accepts. Although everyone will “call [Huck] a low-down Abolitionist and despise [him] for keeping mum,” it does not matter to him because he will keep his word (55).
Huck “implies a deep criticism of the status quo.” His shock at someone else’s sympathy for a black suggests that only an outcast of society would be subject to Huck’s “act of conscience.” Southern society and “moral integrity” is “hardly spoken well for” here in the novel (Smith 372). Huck’s response embodies the moral standards of the South that existed during slavery and long after. The dehumanization of blacks by slavery set on them a stigma by white society that is symbolized by Huck’s surprise at a white’s humbleness toward a black. The whites along the river viewed blacks as unworthy of any dignity greater than being white property, and this idea spread into every aspect of social life in the South, even beyond the physical enchainment of blacks. By the end of the novel, Huck and Jim come ashore and despite Jim’s freedom, their friendship inevitably ends.
The critic adds this part, in order to clarify the idea that Twain 's story was greatly influenced by negative events. African Americans were treated unfairly, which is reflected in the storyline. The unlikely friendship between Jim and Finn would have been significant during 1885. The book is full of irony and
Huck demonstrates not all people are morally corrupt in this time period. After he thought about the letter he decides, “All right, then, I’ll go to hell- and tore it up. It was awful thoughts, and awful words, but they was said” (Twain 162.) Huck perseveres and makes the morally correct decision. The compassion Huck feels for Jim drives Huck’s actions, not the lessons society teaches him on slavery.