What Is Racism In Huck Finn

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The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an American classic written by Mark Twain, the narrator is young Huckleberry Finn “Huck” he is about 12 or 13 during pre-civil war time in Missouri. Huck is uneducated, immature, superstitious and is being taught by Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas, later his father “Pap” Finn the town drunkard returns and takes Huck to a secluded rundown cabin in the woods, the young narrator runs away from his abusive father to “Jackson’s Island”, where one of Miss Watson 's slave Jim has run away to as well, Huck later helps the powerless Jim obtain his freedom even against Huck’s cultural outlook on slavery. The big controversy in society today is whether or not the American classic novel is racist and …show more content…
The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn contains the word “nigger” over 210 times. Pap Finn is a racist “There was a free nigger there from Ohio-a mulatter, most as white as a white man. ” (Twain, 34) he goes on to say that on election day the free negro could vote. Pap was too drunk to vote but will never vote again because a colored man was allowed to vote. Pap believes that government is corrupt for letting a negro be free and vote. Huck is educated enough to read which his father hates “You’re educated, too, they say; can read and write.” “You think you 're better’n your father,now, don’t you, because he can’t?” “I’ll take it out of you.” Pap discourages going to school, education and does not want Huck to be smart and civilized. Another point made is what a fool Jim is made by Mark Twain. Jim exaggerates his stories and believe multiple superstitions. During Huck and Jim’s adventure Huck tries to explain to Jim about the bible and king Solomon but Jim think he has too many children and lacked value of life. This led to a conversation about frenchmen in which Jim did not understand why Frenchmen spoke French and not English. Huck explains “... [d]oes a cat talk like we do?” (Twain, 85) Jim replied no and Huck asked a “Cow” still the answer was no. Jim thinks that a cat is not a man because he cannot talk like one so surely the a Frenchman is a man so why does he not speak like a man. Huck …show more content…
The word “nigger” was the same as people today saying African American. the book itself is not racist but contains racist individuals. Pap, king, duke who are all racist and white trash who are frowned on by folks in the same cultures. In the end Huck is willing to give up all his morals based on society for a friend who is viewed a slave. Over the course of the the adventure Huck realizes that Jim is equal to himself and educated in the ways of the world. Opposers want to censor the book for schools but like Mark Twain once said “Censorship is telling a man he can 't have a steak just because a baby can 't chew it.” Not everyone will digest The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the exact same but should understand the American

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