The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain we learn about a young boy named Huck Finn and his friend, a slave named Jim, and the adventure they embark on together. The entire book is written in first person dialect and is regarded as one of the most influential fictional writings in American literature. With its popularity comes much scrutiny as well, many feel that the book has a racist element due to the cruel language used throughout. The word “nigger” is used over 200 times leading to “skepticisms and disapproval from whites and, decades later, even harsher criticism from African Americans” (Fikes, 240). Mark Twain demonstrates throughout the book that people 's morals and standards in society during that time period constrain one’s freedom. Huck constantly struggles to make sense of the world he lives in, witnessing racism firsthand and dealing with the moral dilemma of helping Jim escape. Huck Finn came from a poor background and was often represented as a dirty and usually homeless child. In the early stages of the story, it is made apparent that Huck issn’t your typical kid. He was raised by a drunken father and he lacked the education and integration into society that a typical teenager had. Huck practically raised himself and often relied on instincts to guide him through life as opposed to the accepted ways of society. Because of his distance from societal norms, he is generally skeptical of the world and the ideas that they believed in. At
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