Racism In Huck Finn

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Using the n-word automatically makes one a racist. That is what most people nowadays think, but, back in the time period of when the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was written it was nothing but a normality. In said book Huckleberry uses the n-word very often, which lead to the book being banned and people calling out his so called “racism”. Huckleberry is not racist, because he not only cares and shows empathy for his African American friend Jim, he helps free him from slavery, and treats him the same, if not better than any other human. Jim and Huckleberry are together for the majority of the book, but the beginning of it really shows Huck’s initial empathy towards all people, no matter what their skin color is, as demonstrated in this scene. “Well I b’lieve you, Huck. I-I run off” “Jim!” “But mind, you said you wouldn’t tell-you know you said you wouldn’t tell, Huck.” “Well, I did, I said I wouldn’t, and I’ll stick to it. Honest injun, I will. People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum-but that don’t make no difference…” (p. 43). This line shows how Huck was empathetic to Jim’s predicament, and did not just run off to tell the nearest person that he found the missing slave, but kept his promise, even though he knew what doing so would result in. Furthermore, towards the end of the book when the King betrays Huck and Jim, and gives him away to become a slave again, it shows exactly how

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