Theme Of Racism In Huckleberry Finn

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Racism and Slavery Theme

“You 're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can 't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it”- Malcolm X. That quote given from Malcolm X corresponds to the wrongs America has done and that is the racism of Blacks. Racism among all other real world issues has been a very popular theme of choice in very famous literature such as Mark Twain’s “ Adventure of HuckleBerry Finn”. The theme of racism is dominant the theme in Twain’s Huck Finn and chapter twenty-two chapter forty-two give a very insightful meaning on the issue. The book is not the only evidence of reflection of racism, real world events such as the protests at Dillard University reflects the theme too. In the book “The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn” the theme of racism is expressed throughout the piece of literature, but on chapter twenty-two it gives a great message of it. Before chapter twenty-two Huck and Jim found themselves past the city of Cairo and in a small town. A drunk named Bogg’s decided to wreak havoc on the town;
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Another example of the reflection of the theme racism in Huckleberry Finn is in chapter forty-four. In chapter forty-two Jim was on the verge of being hanged by the Phelps family after he had escaped from their farm with the help of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Suddenly, Tom says to Huck, Mr. and Mrs. Phelps, and Jim:“Old Miss Watson died two months ago and she was ashamed she ever was going to sell him down the river so Watson set Jim free in her will.”(Tom, 273). Tom had known this information for two months but decided not to tell anyone even Huck Finn which was a childish thing to do.This chapter reflects the theme of racism by showing Tom has the choice of telling the Phelps family about Jim being a freed slave, but Tom decided not to because he was a slave to begin with.The theme of racism is not just reflected in the book Huckleberry Finn but also in real world events such as the violent protest at Dillard
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