Racism In Huck

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Although the society’s standards and his father are repressing, Huck has his own inner voice and would listen to them. That’s why when he meets Jim, a running away slave, Huck helps to save Jim and runs away with him. By the society’s standard, running away slave is intolerable and has to be caught and punished. However, Huck acts against the society’s standard even though he knows it’s wrong to help Jim run away. There exists so much racism in the society. Helping Jim escape violates the standard of the society. Any white man can put black slaves under his mercy. Huck takes Jim as his friend not as a slave. In this way, Jim is an individual person to Huck. Furthermore, Huck is a person who hates the society as an authority and pursues freedom.…show more content…
So even when he knows he would be punished for hiding a black slave, he still lies to the people who go after the running away slaves that Jim is his father with chickenpox. Another example is that in the group of Huck, Tom and Jim, Tom to some extent serves as the authority. When Huck and Tom are planning to save Jim, Tom acts like a leader or the authority. Since Tom take the romance as their authority of how to save Jim, the plan that Tom puts forward has so much unnecessary troubles in it like the troubles in the romance. But Huck is an independent human being and has his own thinking. When he finds that the plan the little “authority” has so much unnecessary troubles, he just refuses it and comes up with an easier but effective one. Huck is not the person who follows the authority and the rules. His soul is free and rebellious and when he finds something that doesn’t suit or satisfy him even if it’s the authority, he would just rebel and take the…show more content…
Jim is a black slave and takes an inferior place in the society. The slavery is his authority and every white man can make him suffer. He is always afraid of the authority. But he is rather brave when he knows he will be separated from his family. As a result, when he is aware of the fact that he is going to be sold to other master, separated from his family, he escapes. This is an action against the authority. In the society, black slaves have no control over their own lives and everything in their lives can and will be decided by their masters. An escaping slave is undoubtedly challenging the authority. The authority for the black slaves is not only their masters, but the slavery. As shown in the novel, any white man with no invested interest can report that Jim is at large and catch him for the reward. It doesn’t matter really much that the white man who reports Jim even though the authority is going after other black slaves. Jim is sold to a farmer by the duke and dauphin and the farmer takes Jim because he is told Jim is running away and he would get reward. The duke and dauphin don’t own Jim and still they can sell him, which shows that in a society with slavery, every white man can be a slave’s master. Thus, as inferior as a black is, the slavery is his
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