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Huckleberry Finn Racism

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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.
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Many places have since banned the book and has always been a topic of controversy. Some say Twain was attacking racism and slavery and that the book opened up for discussion making matters worse for racism today. Other disagreed and said that Twain was proving and steering the right direction of slavery and racism. One novelist that defend Twain and is popular for his saying is Ernest Hemingway. According to Ernest Hemingway, it was the "one book" from which "all modern American literature" came, and contemporary critics and scholars have treated it as one of the greatest American works of art. The style and structure on how he wrote the novel is “genius.” The novel has been banned and challenge for similar reasons. The Concord Library first banned it, “Not suitable for trash” was the opinion of the Concord, Massachusetts, librarians who banned it in 1885. (Ruta) The librarians didn’t believe the book should be in their vicinity and the subject matter was “twardy” and the narrative voice “ignorant” (A&E Television Networks). With the library refusing to put Twain’s novel on the shelves, many other libraries followed. This caused a lot of attention and controversy among many people. The NAACP got involved as well saying the novel’s representation of Jim and constantly described with the “N” word was racist. This novel is really controversial and everyone views it…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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