Theme Of Racism In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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In America, racism and ethnic discrimination has been an issue since the birth of this country. Racism was highly evident in the slave era where privileges and even basic human rights were sanctioned on the basis of skin color. In his American masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain masterfully dealt with the volatile issues of racism and slavery and performed a groundbreaking role in raising social awareness about these issues.
The most evident representation of racism in the novel is presented in the conversation between Huck and Aunt Sally about the supposed steamboat explosion: We blowed out a cylinder-head. Good gracious! anybody hurt? No 'm. Killed a nigger. Well, it 's lucky;
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Unfortunately, the battle between races still rages on today in America, because African Americans are still struggling for equality in various walks of life. Although, more than a 120 years have passed since the first publication of Huckleberry Finn, the novel’s enduring relevance in American society is obvious because the racial prejudices demonstrated by the characters still plague Americans today.
In 1935, Ernest Hemingway professed that, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called, ‘Huckleberry Finn’” (Ulin). He further stated, “It’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing that good since” (Ulin). Unfortunately, over the last 25 years, this thought provoking satire has faced intense scrutiny due to its alleged promotion of racism and racial stereotypes and specifically due to the use of the “N-word,” which appears 219 times in the
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With the imposition of Jim Crow laws, and the oppression of blacks in the south, the new racism emerged and Twain used his book as an emblematic representation of the condition of blacks after the abolition of slavery. The book is set in the deep south, which was dominated by the white race who believed in the confederate ways of slavery and held deeply embedded racist attitudes. African Americans were not considered human beings, but merely seen as replaceable and disposable items. Their only purpose in life was to serve their masters and they could be bought, sold, separated from their families, lynched and even killed at the discretion of their masters because there were no laws to deter people from committing atrocious crimes against

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