The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essays

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The American Civil War, lasting from 1861-1865, marked a turning point in the history of the United States as the Confederate States had seceded from and battled the Union to protect states rights and the driving force of their economy: slavery. Slaves had been imported from Africa and forced to work in America, beginning in the early colony of Jamestown in 1619. The often inhumane conditions which were experienced by slaves and limited social mobility, applying to even freed black men, ultimately introduced stereotypical views of African Americans which permeated society and persisted for years. Slavery had an immense duration in the United States, beginning in the seventeenth century and persisting until the ratification of the thirteenth amendment which abolished slavery. Even though it was legally outlawed from the country, the social effects of slavery were to be experienced by many individuals for generations to come.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain depicts an antebellum South where the novel’s protagonist, Huck Finn, travels from his humble origins of a poverty-filled life in Missouri with his adoptive guardian’s slave, named Jim, on a journey which sees them encounter various characters and strenuous situations. The ordeal shaped Huck’s understanding of Jim’s struggles of existence and challenged his preexisting perceptions of slavery, revealing the horrifying aspects of slavery and the racism which was brought by the institutional practice. Despite…

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