The Entangled Cords Of Prejudice Essay
One of the most influential books in American history is now banned by copious schools, despised by some of the most successful scholars, and even considered racist (Chadwick 1). Yet, through controversial language, this book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn brings to light racial struggles of that era. Its author, Mark Twain, embedded crucial messages that would condemn the malignant American society. Through these revolutionary words, Twain illuminated America’s need to participate in “discussions-frank discussions - about race (and) race relations,” through a scathing portrayal of American society, acknowledgement of the Black’s constricted freedom, and through the addressing of past and present racial equality (Chadwick 2).
By revealing the flagitious past of America, Mark Twain speaks to the postbellum society and condemns the felonious discrimination of blacks. Within the pages of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain depicts characters that carry bitter prejudice against slaves and free blacks. For example, when Huck pretends to be Tom in front of Aunt Sally, and claims that they blew up a cylinder-head, Tom’s aunt responds with scathing racism:
“Good gracious! anybody hurt?”
“No’m. Kill a nigger.”
“Well, it’s luck; because sometimes people do get hurt (Twain 219).”
Simply this one response of Aunt Sally mirrors the marred society of America that viewed black skinned people not as human beings, but as chattel. Mark Twain…