Analysis Of The Book ' The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn ' Essay

1944 Words Sep 29th, 2016 8 Pages
A comment made by the author Shelby Foote in a YouTube video sparked a discussion between my friend and I. Foote argued that Huck Finn is the biggest racist in the book, whereas my friend argued that due to the environment in which Huck grew up, he did not know any better and therefore, Huck was not racist. I had to disagree with both of these statements, because although Huck was raised to have racist roots, his actions prove that he is not the biggest racist in the book, yet we cannot let racism slip just because Huck did not know any better. Throughout his life, Huck Finn works his way towards overcoming racism, but often leans back on his racist upbringing, resulting in a back and forth progression towards equality.
Mark Twain chooses the character of Huck Finn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, because he is portrayed as an innocent, unimpressionable young boy. Twain’s idea was to start with a sort of blank slate, someone who has no preconceived notions, so that the character can make judgments based on the situation itself. However, some may argue that Huck is the epitome of a blank slate, although I believe that Huck already had some degree of racism ingrained in him from his interactions with Pap and with Miss Watson’s slave.
Since Huck has grown up around slaves and refers to them as “niggers,” one can assume that Huck has seen racism all his life, although he may not realize it. In the scene on page 20, Pap recalls an encounter he had with an educated black…

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