Racism In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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The adventure novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by American author Mark Twain, tells the story of a young white boy who is trying to find freedom from civilization. Along his journey, Huck encounters a slave named Jim who plays a big role in changing Huck’s views on racism. Considering that the novel was published shortly after the Civil War, the language used to refer to African Americans at that time is often seen as offensive. The risk of potentially offending somebody led for it to be banned from many schools. However, the book provides a first hand look into the mind of a person questioning racism despite society’s idea of it, as well as an educational opportunity for students to briefly learn about the struggles of living in that time period. Furthermore, it surfaces a feared discussion on racism and therefore it should be read in classrooms across America.
To begin, the inclusion of questioning racism in Twain’s novel serves as a record of the changes in society following the Civil War. The argumentative article, “Why Huck Finn Belongs in the Classroom,” by Jocelyn Chadwick highly praised this action. Jocelyn Chadwick stated that Twain used his writing to show that he understood that racism was wrong. “For Twain to have depicted ...a young hero who questioned racial inequality...was revolutionary indeed.” . Chadwick is able to see the effort Twain placed into questioning racism and the courage it took for him to make it public in a society that was
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