Essay about The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

1817 Words Mar 11th, 2016 8 Pages
Racism has been prominent in America for centuries, reaching its peak during the 19th century when enslaving African Americans became a norm for southern families. Although slavery was eventually stopped, racial prejudice continued to be salient through segregation in the mid 1900s, and is still evident today through unequal ratios of minorities in the workplace, school, and nearly everywhere else. Written in 1884 by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn tells the tale of Huck, who runs from his abusive father only to meet and work together with a runaway slave, Jim. Throughout the story, Huck learns to make important moral choices and changes his view of slaves by cooperating and befriending Jim. A large component of the novel is the use of satire, a style of writing that uses humor to expose and criticize a part of society. Twain condemns the practice of slavery through his novel with satirical techniques of situational irony, reversal, and ridicule of the subject. The book begins by setting the scene in an ordinary Southern town, when Huck’s abusive father returns after a long absence and takes him off to an isolated cabin in the woods. Known as Pap, he often gets drunk and is not the ideal parent, even discouraging his son from being educated and removing him from society altogether. Returning from town one night, Pap embarks on a rampage, saying, “...when they told me there was a state in this country where they’d let that n*gger vote, I drawed out.” (Twain 36). Pap is so put…

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