Racism In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Essay

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The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain received many critics interpreting the novel differently. In the novel, there is a boy named Huck, who is uncivilized and white, goes on an adventure with a slave named Jim, who was running away from his owner. Throughout the journey, Huck develops his own mortality about slaves and society, which is different from society’s. This novel uses the “N” word which is why some consider it racists. The initial reception of the novel was that it’s racists because of the usage of the “N” word and the stereotypes, currently the book has mixed views and many places has banned it, and I believe that this book is not racists. When this novel first came out in 1885, some people found it racists. The novel used the “N” word to describe slaves back in the 1800’s. People viewed the word as negative towards slaves and it didn’t correctly define them. Some critics got the wrong message, “...they straightway proceeded to inform the reading public that the book was gratuitously coarse, its humor unnecessarily broad, and its purpose crude and inartistic” (The Atlanta Constitution). They called the language coarse and Huck’s narrative was inappropriate for using the “N” word. The critics thought this way because the Concord Library banned it from its shelves and thought the book was that bad.…show more content…
The initial perception of this book was that it was racist mainly due to the “N” word. Currently, there are mixed opinions on whether Twain was being racist and stereotyping or not. The book has been banned in many places and challenged due to how the book is perceived by everyone. Libraries has banned it due to how the character is portrayed and how controversial it is. I think The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is not racist and feel that he was writing about an important topic and showed it very
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