Huck Finn Criticism

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When a book has been a core part of a country’s literature for a long time, it is worth considering what makes it so special. Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been a staple in American literature classes for a very long time, but now some are arguing that it should not be taught because of the racial issues covered in the story. Despite this, there is much evidence in the text to suggest that Twain published the book to fight racial prejudice. Huck and Jim’s friendship is built on a mutually beneficial relationship that helps them both through their time as runaways. The book also touches on the injustices faced by African Americans, unlike most other literature from the time period. Those who oppose the book’s place in classrooms across America say that it portrays Jim as a fool and glorifies Huck as the savior of a poor oppressed slave, but reading into the text and discovering Twain’s use of satire can prove this wrong. Huck Finn should continue to be celebrated as a classic piece of American literature because it addresses the positive effects of racial unity during a time of great injustice towards African Americans
Mark Twain uses Huck’s friendship with Jim to symbolize the positive effects of racial cooperation. Huck and Jim rely on each other to get through their respective flights. When Jim and Huck first encounter each other after they both run away, Jim says, "No! W'y, what has you lived on? But you got a gun. Oh, yes, you got a gun. Dat's good. Now

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