Mark Twain was a talented writer, speaker and humorist whose own personality shined through his work. As his writing grew in popularity, he became a public figure and iconic American whose work represents some of the best in the genre of Realism. As the young country grew in size but not in a cultural manner to the liking of the European gentry, it became fashionable to criticize "the ugly American.
Although some argue that the novel is extremely racist, careful reading will prove just the opposite. In recent years especially, there has been an increasing debate over what some will call the racist ideas in the novel. In some cases the novel has even been banned by public school systems and censored by public libraries.
The basis for the debate is how Jim, a black slave and one of the main characters, is depicted. It must be remebered that during this time period it was not considered much of an insullt. You can also notice in the book it was not meant offensively by Huck, or taken offensively by Jim.
In addition to removing Mark Twain's novel from the required reading list, the district decided to use a censored version of the novel on its optional list.
Another aspect of the novel that some consider racist is the description of Jim.
The first time the reader meets Jim, a very negative description is given. It is said that Jim is illiterate, childlike, not very bright and extremely superstitious. However, it is important not to lose sight of who is giving this description.
Although Huck is not exactly a racist child, he has been raised by extremely racist individuals and has had certain ideas about blacks put in his head. Also, sad as it is, this description was probably pretty accurate for the time period.
Millions of slaves in the South were not permitted any formal education, were not allowed any independent thought and were constantly abused.
Twain is portraying a very realistic slave raised in the South during this time period, and to say that he is racist because of his historical accuracy is ridiculous. Casting judgment upon him and calling him racist is not only unfair, but also pointless.
The very existence of slavery proves this. Therefore, the present-day objections to Huckleberry Finn are ridiculous. It is stupidity to go back and apply standards that are predominate today, to novels written more than a hundred years ago Baldanza 2. Also, it is important to remember in Chapter 15, the reader is told of an incident which contradicts the original childlike description of Jim.
This is in order to point out the connection made between Huck and Jim. A connection that is made between two people, not a person and a piece of property. There are many points in the novel were Huck voices extreme opposition to the slave trade and racism.
Twain wants the reader to see the foolishness of this statement. Huck oppeses this statement made by his father and does not understand.
Twain wants the reader to see the foolishness of this notion. Later in the story, Huck is not able to understand why this man who has become one of his only friends should be a slave. Through this, Twain expresses opinions of the absurdity of slavery and importance of following ones personal conscious before the rules of society.
Remember that the novel is set in the South. Blacks were slaves with no legal rights werefaced with high degrees of discrimination.Huck Finn perceives this oath as a major document that will run his life. Twain characterizes Huck as a scared and loyal gang member.
Twain contributes Huck's fright to Huck's youth and his loyalty to his friends and their gang. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain that describes the adventures of young Huck, son of the town drunk, and Jim, a slave who does not want to be sold, as they travel down the river on a makeshift raft.
In Mark Twain s novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn we see through the eyes of a brilliant child, the prejudice world he lives in, and the reality that is thrown at him in his journey down the Mississippi River.
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Home / Literature / Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Characters / Jim ; Huck is outraged that Jim has run off, because apparently Huck doesn't remember that he's also run off. Why is it okay for Huck to escape an abusive situation and not Jim? Adventures Of Huck Finn Recognition Adventures Of Huck Finn Recognition The San Francisco Chronicle pronounced Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn his most notable and well written books.
The Mississippi region is far better depicted in this novel than in his earlier Life on the Mississippi.