Essay on Huck Finn: Racist or Not Racist?

769 Words Apr 22nd, 2011 4 Pages
Mark Twain went against endless amounts of criticism about his racist’s comments in his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The character of Jim is demeaning to African-Americans as he is portrayed as a foolish, uneducated, black slave. The “n” word is also used in the book describing him and many other African-American characters in the story. However, some see this book as anti-racist and believe that the use of racist’s comments is not racist at all. Those who think that are mistaken because Huck Finn in clearly a racist novel. The most obvious piece of evidence towards proving Mark Twain’s novel racist is his use of the “n” word. The word is used more then 200 times in the novel and the way it is used makes it look like …show more content…
This ca be easily detected with Jim’s belief in his “magic hairball” (Twain, 13). Also, Huck, the main character and his friend Tom Sawyer play tricks on him early in the story and the way Twain makes Jim fall for these are truly cruel to Jim’s character and all African-Americans. An even larger question that stems from the racistness of “Huckleberry Finn” are whether or not the book should e read in school. Considering that it is “the most banned book in the United States” (Blyer, 1), there is no question that it should e barred from all schools. One member from the Library Committee in Concord, Massachusetts perfectly describes the book’s “class” by saying “the whole book is a class that is more profitable for the slums than it is for respectable people” (Bilyeu, I). It is horrible to think of African-American students reading in class and having to hear the “n” word more time then there are pages in the book. It simply “offends [families] religious, moral [and/or] political sensibilities” (Robert 1). Although, at the end of the novel, the main character befriends the black slave, students should not be put through the horror of reading this racist book. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is considered by some as a “Great American novel” (Mori.1). I, however, believe it demonstrates

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