Racism In Huck Finn

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“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” has been considered controversial for it being a supposedly racist novel. The novel takes place in Antebellum America, where slavery was extremely prevalent. African Americans were not treated as normal human beings and were denied their God-given rights. It was not Mark Twain’s intent to write a racist novel; he fully demonstrated how life was really like by being historically accurate and wrote in the vernacular so that readers get the raw image of life on the Mississippi River. The novel is not racist: it is a sincere statement towards society regarding the brutality of slavery and of each individual’s natural rights to freedom. Through events such as Pap’s views on African Americans, the countless amount of uses of the “n” word, and with Huck’s relationship with Jim is where we can see the message Twain was conveying in the novel. It is undeniable that Twain’s style of writing satirical fiction is witty but can also seem controversial. One character that Twain uses to satirize slave owners and Southern whites is Pap. Pap’s character is portrayed as “white trash” that is basically living in the same conditions that a slave is. Whenever he gets drunk, he rants about the government which leads to the topic of slavery. In one of his drunken rants, Pap says, “"I'll never vote again as long as I live"(Twain 28), in this quotation he is disposing of the rights he is given as a white man in the south. Pap surrendering his entitlement to vote

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