Racism In Mark Twain's The Adventure Of Huckleberry Finn

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Samuel Clemens, whose pseudonym is Mark Twain, published The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn in 1885 in America, immediately causing controversy. The novel focuses on a white boy, Huck, and his adult companion Jim, a runaway slave, who flee Missouri on a raft down the Mississippi River in the 1840s. The novel's free-spirited and not entirely truthful hero, as well as its lack of regard for religion or adult authority are potential targets for criticism. The ungrammatical colloquial language in which Huck narrates the novel conveys oafish and inappropriate notions. Hucks detailed stories could potentially be criticized for being unethical, sacrilegious, and unsuitable for children. Overall, Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn is not a xenophobic story that should be banned from schools, but it is a subversive confrontation of slavery and racism that expresses vital lessons in a satirical manner. Twain’s controversial novel can be criticized for its perceived use of racial stereotypes and its tenacious use of the unethical slur “nigger.” While it is evident that Twain intended the literature as an attack on bigotry, arguments can emerge insisting that he failed to overcome ethnic paradigms of the time. However, critics must grasp the notion that this novel takes place twenty years prior to the Cold War, making it unrealistic for racism to not play a role, “They said he was a p'fessor in a college, and could talk all kinds of languages, and knowed everything. And that
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