Irony in Huck Finn Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain takes place in the mid 1830’s to the mid 1840’s when slavery was still prevalent in the south. Although the book was set in the 1830’s to the 1840’s, it was not published until 1884, after slavery had been abolished in 1865. Slavery is an important topic of the book to focus on because it shaped the way people thought. A way that Twain shows the truths of slavery in the book is through irony. A specific scene that he used irony in was when Huck was helping Jim escape from slavery, yet Huck judged Jim for wanting to free the rest of his family which is ironic.
The first one is from the point of Robert Ewell, a white man judging and accusing a black man. The second one is Tom Robinson’s, telling the whole story the way he sees it. But still there is no sure evidence that he is innocent. As Harper Lee uses specific stylistic and language devices through different characters at the trial, such as ‘’you’re a mighty good fellow, it seems-did all this for one penny?’’- Mr.Gilmer, the reader slowly starts to sympathize with Tom Robinson and sees the trial from the same point of view as the narrator (Scout Finch) In a way the author manipulates the reader with mainly the language and innocence image of Tom. When Tom comments during a conversation with Mr.Gilmer that he ‘’felt sorry for her (Mayella) ‘’ Lee then widens the vision of Tom as an innocent man with ‘‘the witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair.’’ In this part Tom Robinsons admits his sorrow for a white woman, which was in that time a theme unspeakable of.
Mark Twain expressed through his characters how slaves were thought of as property and not human beings. This is evident at the slave auction and throughout the story as Jim fights to buy his family's freedom. Aunt Sally also drives home the message that blacks are not men when after the steamboat explosion she is told a "nigger" was killed and she replies, "Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt!" (Twain 228). Earlier, Twain shows just how racist people are when Pap Finn actually gives up his right to vote because a black man has the right to vote.
Up until the 19th century, people were segregated into separate groups based upon race, color, or religion. Throughout the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim acquired a unique relationship with Huck. He took it upon himself to get to know Jim better as they sailed along the Mississippi River. At this time if one was caught associating with a black slave it was greatly frowned upon. Before the 19th century, whites were considered superior, and personal experiences changed their views on minorities; seeing the kindness in people over power.
Huck begins to show his moral growth by getting out of the mindset of treating blacks wrongly. Huck realizes he has hurt Jim’s feelings and apologizes to him just like would to anyone else.To him color does not matter; he just knows he moraly does not want to be mean because he feels compassion. Huck is being ripped apart by what he thinks is right versus what conforms with society
RACIAL HYPOCRISY IN THE NOVEL Racial Hypocrisy is one of the most important themes that Mark Twain talked in this novel. Hypocrisy is defined as “a pretence of having virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.” Huck’s father is one of the most remarkable examples of the hypocrisy in the novel. He is an abusive, racist and drunk father. MARK TWAIN’S MORAL CONFUSION IN THE NOVEL Mark Twain’s novel, ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ is full of moral confusion. Good “white” people such as Aunt Sally, Miss Watson, have little or no treatment in the injustice and cruel treatment meted out to the blacks.
The Bathtub is off the grid, a place where state or federal government is remote. This movie is said to represent the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by many movie critics, when both the government and FEMA shut their eyes to the devastating situation and left the survivors (most of them being African-Americans) to fend for themselves. This was a product of both the government’s ignorance and the incompetence of FEMA’s
Death of Innocence is categorized as an adult nonfiction book. Mamie specifically wrote this book to tell her son’s story, representing hope and forgiveness, which revealed the sinister and illegal punishments of the south. She wanted to prevent this horrendous tragedy from happening to others. The purpose of the book was to describe the torment African Americans faced in the era of Jim Crow. It gives imagery through the perspective of a mother who faced hurt, but brought unity to the public, to stand up for the rights of equal treatment.
and Atticus are examples of courage in To Kill a Mockingbird, demonstrated by their benevolent acts of kindness and equality, and how they didn’t let what the status quo at the time dictate their opinions. In the beginning, Walter Cunningham did conform to racist beliefs of the town and ignored the evidence that proved Tom's innocence, but he realizes he is wrong, and preaches that Tom be acquitted while he sits on the jury. Atticus is one of the people to sway Walter Cunningham to believe in equality. Atticus convinces him, and other people, to believe in the evidence that all proved Tom's innocence, and through him and Walter a small racist town begins to change little by little. The movement of equality has been going on since before the civil war in the 1860s, today, people would like to say we are equal, but with court cases like Trayvon Martin attracting so much controversy, it shows that society still has a long way to
I was stuck”(91). Through Huck’s eyes, following white societal standards is supposed to be the good moral high ground; however, the justification of slavery confuses him. All through the novel, Huck is constantly questioning his own morals. He feels guilty for wanting to help Jim; however, he eventually acknowledges Jim’s humanity while society deems it wrong. As the audience, we know slavery is wrong.
As the grandma states “ Francis, what the hell are you mean?, just what I aid , grandma says it’s enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger lover well never walk the streets of Maycomb”(83). This evidence supports that everyone could turn against you only because you are talking to a colored person. As Harper Lee states “it’s hard to explain-ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves” (108). It’s important because there started to call them more badly and been ruder to colored people. It’s important because they are making it a big deal about helping a colored person.
In order for the New deal to be passed, it had to receive the votes of Southern democrats, which aim to keep the country segregated. The official ruling excluded agricultural and domestic laborers, which were primarily African American. White Americans were able to reap the benefits of social security and subsidized housing, while African Americans who needed it the most did not. Baldwin feared that another instance like the New Deal would reoccur. He believed that integration in itself would have little to no effect because although blacks and whites were coexisting, the individuals themselves ceased to see eye-to-eye and lacked mutual respect.
Before reading the book I figured it would be more a story line, however it’s in like manner to a documentary. I questioned if the book was going to mainly be about the hardships of slaves (which it mostly is). I chose this book due to my high fascination with slavery. I worship to learn about the hard times blacks went through (mainly slaves). I feel as if I’m not only learning more about my history, correspondingly I’m enlightening myself on how I could’ve been treated, comparatively what some of my ancestors probably went through.
This is satirical because Fitzgerald uses situational irony to convey the maturity of the social classes. As well, Twain shows that the upper class has superiority over the lower class regardless of the intellectual level or age. “I see it warn’t no use wasting words—you can’t learn a nigger to argue. So I quit” (Twain, 83). Huck is saying that Jim is uneducated and teasing him because of his intellectual level; however, Huck is not too intelligent himself, therefore correcting Jim shows verbal irony.
It is true that racism and prejudice is neither morally or logically correct, but unless people are able to competently contest those views without resorting to the destruction of other opinions and thought, those issues will continue to prevail. The famous treatise against bigotry, To Kill a Mockingbird, has been criticized and banned for its use of racial slurs, despite accurately portraying the America of that time. Forgetting our past, no matter how shameful, only ensures that it will be repeated – books help us not to forget. How can we improve as a society if we do not even allow ourselves to remember the mistakes of previous generations? Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin created outrage in the South due to its "anti-slavery" ideas, resulting in it being banned.