The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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Huckleberry Finn is a popular American classic written by Mark Twain. Although it is a popular classic, it is surrounded by many debates and questions over the book’s controversial issue of racism. The story is about a young boy named Huck Finn, who is running away from civilization with a runaway slave named Jim. The story covers Huck’s character development and realization of Jim’s caring personality, that leads to the two becoming good friends. Huckleberry Finn is not a racist book because of the time period it was written in, the fact that Twain shows Jim in a positive manner, and themes used throughout the book. Huckleberry Finn is not a racist book because of the time period the story was written in. The book was written in the late 1800s. Critics of the book believe the story is racist because there are slaves and the ‘n’ word is used.
‘The word is there for a reason,’ says Jeff Nichols, the executive director of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn. ‘The word is terrible, it’s hurtful, but it’s there for a reason,’ to convey the language and attitudes of Missouri in the 1840s, in a book written in the 1880s when Jim Crow laws were being passed in the South to deprive blacks of their Civil rights. (Moore A3)
During this time the ‘n’ word was common and Twain was portraying the common attitudes of people during this time. Some critics believe the word should be changed to slave, but this would change the meanings and moods of the story (Moore A3).…

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