Is Huckleberry Finn Is Right

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Is It Right? There I was, during syllabus week (first week of the semester) of my sophomore year of college, anticipating eagerly to read the syllabus of my literature class. Coming in, I knew that we were going to read, it only makes sense of a literature class to read. However, I didn’t know what we were going to read. My eyes skimmed through the syllabus looking for the Required Materials section and there it was, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Great, I thought. It was no coincidence that my really boring and annoying brother was one of the first things that popped up into my mind. He happened to have read the book in his high school class and he made sure of if, by unleashing his thoughts on me. The other thing that popped up in my …show more content…

The story takes place in a time of slavery, when blacks were considered inferior to whites, sometimes to the point of being considered less than human. It is through Huck’s experiences with Jim that the reader and Huck discover the extent and consequences of racial cant. The characters in the story represent interestingly all the social classes found in society at the time. Also, it is safe to say that almost all of the characters in the story were deceived by society and were victims of self-deception at one time or another. Hence, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is as important contribution to American awareness of racial …show more content…

An example of this in the story are when HuckFinn is disgusted by Jim's plans to steal his own children, who are "someone else's property." While HuckFinn is still racist here, this scene ridicules the notion that someone's children can actually be the property of a stranger because the father is black. Another example is when HuckFinn doesn't tell Jim's whereabouts, and instead chooses to "go to Hell" for his decision. This is again Twain making a mockery of Southern values, that it is a sin to be kind to black people. Huck decides that he’ll help Jim escape even he has to go to hell for it. Readers can applaud HuckFinn for choosing to help a slave and a fellow human being, rather than submitting to what Southern society would have deemed the right thing to

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