Mark Twain And Slavery Essay

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Mark Twain and Slavery Mark Twain, a famous American writer wrote many books highly acclaimed throughout the world. For his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the literary establishment recognized him as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce. This novel is about a teenage boy by the name of Huck Finn. He is living with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas who have adopted him. He decides that civil life is not for him and that he is going to run away. At the beginning of his adventure he runs into Miss Watson's run away slave Jim. Instead of turning Jim in, Huck goes against society and makes a decision to help Jim break free from slavery. As they travel together, Huck learns more and more about Jim and starts …show more content…

I feel that the underlining theme in the book is that African Americans are our equals. They are the same as everyone else and Mark Twain really shows this in this book. In the story many white characters are depicted as cruel, selfish, and foolish. Jim is portrayed as a wise man, even though uneducated, he is very smart. The story takes place in the 1830's around the civil war. Huck runs away from his home with Miss. Watson and Widow Douglas. On his adventure he meets Jim. Here he chooses not to turn him in but help him escape. All through the story you hear Jim talk about his family. He talks about how he loves and cares about them. Huck starts to realize that Jim is a man just like anyone else. Mark Twain puts this in to show that Jim is our equal and should be treated like everyone else. He is a loving caring person just like anyone else. In the middle of the story, Mark Twain comments on the irrationality of pride and honor, as Huck sees brutal, cold-blooded murders committed by two feuding families. Later on in the story, a southern aristocrat coldly kills a drunk man yelling empty threats at him, and the village turns the incident into a sort of circus, ingoing the dead man's daughter while trying to start a lynch mob, which quickly disintegrates after being mocked by the murderer himself. The King and Duke attempt to con three orphaned girls out

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