Is Huckleberry Finn A Racist Text? Essay

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Is Huckleberry Finn a racist text?

Huckleberry Finn is a book written in the 1840s about a young white boy and a black man who travel down the Mississippi trying to get the black man to freedom. Ever since this book has came out there has been a huge controversy over it and how this story is portrayed. The main problem parents had over this book was the use of the “N” word and how it would make black children feel in the classroom while reading this book. But overall it sends a good message if you look past all the racist undertones. No, the relationship between Huck and Jim proves that this book is not racist despite the racist language used by the author. The most important quality of the relationship between Huck and Jim is there loyalty to one another, which is one example of how this book is not racist. On page 95 of Huckleberry Finn, Jim says “Dah you goes, de ole true Huck; de on’y white genlman dat ever kep’ his promise to ole Jim.” At the time the book was written helping an African American to freedom, was almost unheard of. Due to this, Huck had to make a crucial decision as to whether or not he should turn Jim in or not. Huck goes against society at that time by protecting Jim and deciding not to turn him in. By doing this, it shows that Huck is loyal to Jim. Throughout the book Jim and Huck get closer and closer and get to a point where they trust each other and help one another no matter what the circumstances a. While some people may think the language…

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