Racism In Huck Finn

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Racism stands as one of the largest wounds in America’s history. Racism plagues America, beginning with the enslavement of an entire group of people based solely on the color of their skin. Mark Twain’s Reconstruction era novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, displays the racism found in pre-Civil War times. Through the use of Huck’s unique perspective, Twain exposes his audience to the treatment of African Americans regarding their societal worth and treatment [INSERT SO WHAT] Huckleberry Finn’s rejection of normative societal standards make him the perfect narrator to portray Mark Twain’s ideals. T.S. Eliot states, “through the eyes of Huck there is a deep human pathos” (Eliot 350). In his novel, Mark Twain does not intend to degrade African Americans, he strives to make people realize the vice in slavery and the dehumanization of other people based on the color of their skin. Twain utilizes Huck in order to provide a perspective on slavery that has not been entirely corrupted by the societal beliefs of the time period. In David L. Smith’s article, “Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse,” he provides a definition for race: “a strategy for regulating a segment of the population to a permanent inferior status” (Smith 364). This concept is something that Twain understood and used to his advantage by making a character, like Huck, who is partially removed from this society and is not entirely influenced by its values. Another argument presents how “part of

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