Racism in the Novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

630 WordsJan 28, 20183 Pages
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known better as Mark Twain is the writer of one of the most popular books with over 20 million copies sold. The novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The novel has been read for years, with comes some questions. Is the novel racist? Could it be racist because of Twain’s background which influenced the novel? No, Mark Twain background didn’t influence the book to make it racist. It was the time that Mark Twain lived in that made Huck Finn come of as a racist novel today. The use of the word “nigger” throughout the book is simply because that’s what type of live Mark Twain lived in. Mark Twain realized growing up that racism wasn’t right but that doesn’t mean that he could stop it. He grew up around it and was influenced by it. Twain has been know to use satires in his book but it is just a common thing that is in that era of time. He more seem to make fun of the southern society in that time. The words are offensive but there is a bigger picture to it. Mark Twain grew up in the Florida, MO a well known slave state. His Uncle John Quarles was a plantation owner that owned 20 saves. Because of this Twain witnessed slavery first hand if he ever visited his uncle. It wasn’t a odd thing back then to see slaves wherever he might be. Most likely at the plantation he saw multiple accounts of beating upon the slaves. “As a young boy, Mark Twain witnessed the brutal murder of a slave in his home town of Hannibal by the slave's owner, who killed the man
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