Essay on Mark Twain 's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

1021 Words Oct 18th, 2015 5 Pages
One of the most influential books in American history is banned by copious schools, despised by some of the most successful scholars, and even considered racist (Chadwick 1). Yet, through controversial language, this book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn brings to light the racial struggles of that era. Its author, Mark Twain, embedded crucial messages that would condemn the malignant American society. Through these revolutionary words, Twain illuminated America’s need to participate in “discussions-frank discussions - about race (and) race relations,” through a scathing portrayal of American society’s racism, acknowledgement of Blacks’ constricted freedom, and references to past and present racial equality (Chadwick 2).
By revealing the flagitious past of America, Mark Twain speaks to the postbellum society and condemns the felonious discrimination of Blacks. Within the pages of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain depicts characters that carry bitter prejudice against slaves and free blacks. For example, when Huck pretended to be Tom in front of Aunt Sally and claimed that they blew up a cylinder-head, Tom’s aunt responded with scathing racism:
‘Good gracious! anybody hurt?’
‘No’m. Kill a nigger.’
‘Well, it’s luck; because sometimes people do get hurt (Twain 219).’
This one horrific response of Aunt Sally mirrors the marred society of America that didn’t view Blacks as human beings, but rather as chattel. Mark Twain used Aunt Sally’s words to condemn the…

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