Racism In Huck Finn

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Mark Twain is seen by some as being a racist because of the style of his writing in his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In the seventeenth century, white people owned slaves and treated them as property. Twain wanted to show people in today’s society how black people were treated during the time of slavery. Some critics accuse Mark Twain of being a racist, however, in the novel Huck and Jim have a friendship which proves otherwise. Twain did not intend the book to be racist. Some parents, teachers, critics, and many others may find this book inappropriate and feel it should not be permitted to be taught in classrooms. However, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, should be taught in schools in order to educate students about the past use of the “n-word”, treatment of blacks as property, and man’s prejudice against man during the seventeenth century when blacks were slaves. Many critics of the novel believe Mark Twain is a racist because of the way he wrote. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the “n-word” is used by Twain a number of times to refer to black slaves. The Duke and the Dauphin convinced Mary Jane that they are the brothers of Peter, her brother, and she gives them the money to invest. Huck steals the money and hides it in Peter’s coffin. When the Duke and the Dauphin realize the money was stolen, they blame the Negroes and the Duke says, “And it was the niggers-I just expected it” (Twain 198). The “n-word” in

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