The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and its Relation to Society Today

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The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an extremely important work of literature that addresses many world problems such as: poverty, race relations, and our role in society. Although some of these issues are not as prevalent today as they were in the 1880s, the novel still sends an important satirical message to anyone who is willing hear this story. This essay will analyze Huckleberry Finn and its relation to society today; the main issues that are addressed include: Huckleberry’s growth as a moral and upstanding person, race relations between African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans including Huck’s relation to Jim and the issue of slavery, the role of society and an analysis of Huck’s role in society and society’s role in …show more content…
It is during this point that Huck finally realizes that Jim is more than just property. Slavery is a common theme in Huckleberry Finn and was a severe problem in the United States until 1863. The horrific nightmare of slavery continues to haunt race relations in the U.S. and abroad. In the novel, Huck is one of the few characters able to accept Jim as more than just an object. He may even be the only character to accept Jim and he goes so far as to look up to him as a father figure. Huckleberry has quite a dismal family situation. Without a mother or siblings and a father that is ready to kill him in a drunken rampage, Huck is willing to accept Jim as his father. This provides an extreme social disconnect since Jim is a black man and not even recognized as a full human being under the law. While Huck is protected and even mentored by Jim, he still has some disconnect with him. Huckleberry is taught by society that black men are slaves and are property. This makes a relationship with Jim more difficult since he is required to turn Jim in. His only other exemplar of moral uprightness is Tom Sawyer who feels that Jim is an object worth nothing to him. Jim is subjected to cruel and humiliating games. Huckleberry still tosses around the “N-Word” without regard to its true meaning or harmful connotation. Towards the end of Huck’s character growth he realizes that Jim is actually a human being with a love for his

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