The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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Considered a controversial novel from the moment of its publication, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been accused of being racist and prejudiced repeatedly for over a hundred years. Written by famous American author Mark Twain, the novel portrays the American South before the Civil War. The novel points out, through satire of a society that embraced slavery, that racism is still a problem in an antebellum South. In the novel, a runaway slave named Jim travels with an adolescent companion, Huckleberry Finn, on an epic journey down the Mississippi river. Huck and Jim also encounter the absurdities of Southern culture, which shows that racism, supported by that culture, is in itself absurd. Therefore, the presumption of a racist attitude in the novel is unfounded. The novel is staunchly anti-racist, and that attitude is shown by Twain’s satire of Southern culture, his positive portrayal of Jim, and Huck’s strong friendship with Jim that endures through the novel. Twain’s use of satire in the novel portrays Southern “civilization” as absurd, and thus Twain also shows the absurdity of slavery and racism as well. A first example of this satire is the speech that Pap, Huck’s father, makes about government. Pap says, “Oh, yes, this is a wonderful govment, wonderful. Why, looky here. There was a free nigger there, from Ohio… he was a p’fessor in a college… he could vote… what is the country a-coming to?”(37) Here Pap shows his incorrect belief that he, even though a drunkard,…

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