Essay about The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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Although the divisive issue of slavery resolves at the end of the Civil War, when the 13th amendment to the Constitution passes, the issue of racism has continues from that point on to remain prevalent today. At first glance, Mark Twain has little focus on the controversy of the time, the morality of slavery, but with the portrayal of slaves and slave owners, Jim’s characterization, and the way Jim becomes free, Twain believes that slaves should free themselves and yet offers no solutions. In Mark Twain 's realistic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the absence of social commentary on the now blatant racism of the time leads to the conclusion of Twain 's limited disapproval of slavery shown through the characterization of slaves and slave owners which perpetuates the cycle of racism, through inaction, with a negative effect on the readers. The common myth of the southern gentlemen and the compassionate slave owner formed before the Civil War occurred and novels at the time perpetuated the stereotype. Mark Twain, who wrote realistic fiction, romanticizes the south’s slavery in the way the numerous slaves and slave owners appear and their characterization. From beginning to end, slaves such as Betty, the Grangerford’s slave, and Nat, the slave who guards Jim’s hut, seem to face no mistreat and overall rather unaffected by slavery. In certain cases, like Nat, who appears a little unstable with his belief in the supernatural, the slave owners protect and care for their…

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