Racism In Huck Finn

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People cannot control race.(Basic) The same organs and flesh make-up every person. Although the DNA sequence may have a different code, the human body always holds the same structure and function. (periodic) In the great American classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the readers’ minds open to the possibility that skin color does not matter. Twain wrote this novel over the course of seven years and published it in 1885, twenty years after the Civil War ended. At this point in history, citizens were making efforts in the reconstruction of the South. Racism still deeply rooted itself in a large portions of American consciousness. Mark Twain uses Huck’s adolescent naiveté and his close association with Jim along the journey down the Mississippi River to portray his unique opinions on racism and freedom from the viewpoint of a Southern gentleman and, furthermore, to sway his readers’ moral ideas about these issues. Twain uses his own childhood and leanings of uncouth behavior to create Huck’s character. The ideas that Huck shares throughout the story directly reflect what Twain believes. “It is impossible to read Huck Finn intelligently without understanding that Mark Twain's consciousness and awareness is larger than that of any of the characters in the novel, including Huck” (Fishkin 1). As an adolescent, just as in Huck’s eyes, Twain believed that black people represented property. Toward the beginning of the book, Huck fears helping Jim escape slavery.

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