Discrimination In Huck Finn's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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It was the start of my 11th grade year, and my English teacher told me that we were going to be reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I became familiar with the book in 10th grade when my English teacher had our English class answer a few questions about the book. She handed out three different copies of the same passage from when the book was banned and then modified. Each one of these copies changed the “n-word” to “slave” and “robot” in order to make the story more appropriate for the readers. I always questioned the decision to change the n-word to those words, from the start of reading Huck Finn all the way to the end. Throughout my own reading of Huck Finn, I sometimes consciously replaced the n-word with the other options in my …show more content…
As a white male, this book made me feel uneasy because people of my race acted in such awful and horrid ways to another race of people. What also created some underlying anxiety in the room was the fact that we have one African-American student in our class who must have internalized this book in a different way than the others. Caucasians may be aware of the racism and discrimination going on around them, but perhaps do not have these experiences themselves. This delicate classroom environment had a dramatic impact on the severity of the controversial aspects brought up in the book, such as: the extreme use of the n-word, the utilization of Huck, who was prematurely forced to reach adulthood, and the portrayal of the satirized ignorance of Southerners during this time …show more content…
Throughout the books Huck enjoys to play a good prank, scam, or even lie to someone for a purpose, or to just get a reaction. Huck pranks Jim by putting a dead snake at the foot of Jim’s bed, however, the prank backfires and the dead snake’s mate bites Jim. This parallels the Duke and the Dauphin when they are discovered as con men and get tarred and feathered. Both Huck and the Duke and Dauphin play pranks and cons without thinking about the negative consequences that it has on themselves and their friends. Similarly, they both lie in situation to help benefit themselves. Huck lies to the slave-hunters saying that his dad has smallpox to help protect Jim from being found. The Duke and the Dauphin lie about being the uncles of orphaned girls, in order to steal lots of money and property. Where Huck and the Duke and Dauphin stray away from each other is that Huck does pranks and cons for personal benefit, and he learns that lies can be very profitable. The Duke and the Dauphin decided to do pranks and cons for a living, and are willing to accomplish these actions through the suffering of other

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