Huck writes a letter to Miss Watson, but regrets writing the letter and dreads what it could do to his new friend Jim. Huck destroys the letter after he comes to a conclusion, “But somehow I couldn’t seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind” (Twain 161.) Huck could not bring himself to turn in Jim and knows deep down that it is wrong. Through this change of heart, he reveals a new point of view on slavery in the 19th century. Huck demonstrates not all people are morally corrupt in this time period.
For example, as Huck reminisces his feats with Jim he says, “and for a starter I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery again; and if I could think up anything worse, I would do that too” (214). Huck holds onto Jim as a father figure who accepted and cared from him when others did not accept who he was. The civilized world robbed Jim of his freedom and Huck realized that skin and race do not translate into love, companionship, and friendship. Racism is not a playing factor in this story in fact it is anti-racism that leads the two most unlikely individuals to become friends. In addition, Ralph Waldo Ellison once said, "Huckleberry Finn knew, as did Mark Twain, that Jim was not only a slave but a human being and a symbol of humanity... and in freeing Jim.
The difference is that Nietzsche addresses the master-slave relationship directly, while Shelly’s novel enforced it in an indirect way, by narrating a story of a slave and the one who created it. In both texts, all of the obstacles that the characters face are somehow related to their master-slave relationships. Both of the stories showed that the slave is often the one who chooses to be weak, as he is always in need of a master to control his life. Also, each text shows how impossible life could be if people were all treated equal, for difference is very essential. Life could be just, but never can it treat people equally.
First off Crooks is the character that is held back in his journey towards freedom by his race. There are many examples where Crooks is insulted by his race, but there is this specific incident where George is laying down his cards and hears someone calling : “Stable buck, oooh stable buck!” And then, “Where the hell is that goddamn nigger?” This proves that in the 1930’s people were still racist and used to call African Americans names like nigger. And Crooks can’t really do anything because if he does he would probably get tortured or starved, and he can’t quit because it wasent his job, he was a slave.
He apparently intends this as a compliment, but Tom is fortunate that Jim does not behave like a lot of the whites in this novel” (Smith, 373). This commentary proves that Tom, and those like him in society, hold deeply embedded racist prejudices that render them incapable of some forms of humanity. All in all, Tom’s pursuit of his own happiness trumps all other people 's interests, leading to him across as selfish and uncaring. This character trait is used to imply that whites are not the pinnacles of morality that they 've been made out to be
They resisted slavery through the rebellion of Non-violent schemes such as sabotaging, malingering and poisoning of their Slave masters. “If a man does not stand for something they fall for anything” (Marshall) and that includes believing that anything is accepted even slavery and slave laws. The Enslaved blacks that resisted inhumane treatment were people who had integrity even if that integrity was chartered towards death. They were many Enslaved blacks who were discontented with their condition on the lodging grounds and sought the satisfaction to improve it in whatever way they can. They can be considered as peace or freedom leaders because they fought back regardless of the circumstances.
It is the common flaw of Huck’s companions, role models, and even of him to condone slavery. Many people attempt to civilize Huck by teaching social rules and stable beliefs, but nothing is more uncivilized than the act of owning and dehumanizing another human being. It is the shameless and institutionalized hypocrisy that shapes the moral critique of this novel. Racism in America is an ongoing struggle that has manifested itself differently throughout each generation, and although the existence of racism is no longer legislative, oppression of African Americans remains a relevant issue, and thus The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’s analysis of racism remains relevant as well. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been read by everyone from the casual reader to the impassioned intellectual over the last 130 years.
Slaves were said to have, “…No initiative, and offered no resistance to slavery” (Elkins, 2), but Northup wasn’t giving up yet, unlike the other slaves on the ship. A stronger example of Northup resisting slavery and his orders would be in chapter 18 when he was told to whip poor Patsey. He describes the scene and how horrible he felt hurting her, and after numerous whips he eventually writes, “Throwing down the whip, I declared I could punish her no more. He ordered me to go on, threatening me with a severer flogging than she had received, in case of refusal.” (Northup, 257).
Knowing his own struggle as a black man, Waters seeks to liken himself with the white man. Wanting to overcome the race gap, Waters is determined to do anything, even jail his own kind. His offenses result in his men developing hostility towards him, even if Waters is black himself. Water’s apathy for his men isn’t rooted in hatred, but in fear of becoming like them, and never amounting to anything. Waters is incredibly prideful of the black race, even though he shows disdain for it.
Mark Twain’s true intentions were similar to other abolitionists’ books printed during his era like Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. These types of books exposed the horrors of slavery, which propelled the Northern United States and European society toward abolitionism. Twain’s position was uncommon for his era as he stood against slavery. In Twain’s novel, Huck, a child with a difficult upbringing that proved to be unstable because of his abusive father. So, when his father abandoned Huck, an older unmarried woman, Miss Watson, tried to provide a stable home for Huck.
Analysis of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Everyday humans are faced with racial prejudice and societal stereotypes. These are, by no means, new topics of discussion. Such issues took hold in society centuries ago. Not only is it a burden on the minorities, but it has negatively affected humanity as a whole regardless of ethnicity.
This is the climax of the novel, in which many of the underlying themes are made clear. Huck’s morals overcome his fear for punishment, and he is determined to help Jim even if he has to go to hell for it. Furthermore, Jim is a runaway slave, and in the context of the story, helping a runaway slave, albeit one that was sold and has a new owner, would be almost traitorous to Huck’s community. Another revelation is that Huck has transcended the racial constructs of the time, recognizing Jim’s humanity and considering him someone worth rescuing at great personal risk. In this scene, Huck finally breaks the restraints of society, and indeed, his environment, by ignoring all societal and theological constructs and instead choosing what is right by his conscience.