The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Escaping society is the only way of obtaining true freedom. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written in the 1880s by Mark Twain. In this book, Twain interprets his view of slavery through the characters Huck and Jim. Twain lived in Missouri during the 1800s and during his childhood, he witnessed the tragedy of slavery. Living in the South, Twain adopted the Southern accent and lifestyle which he then incorporated into his book. However, Twain also witnessed racism among the people and that became part of his book as well. Blacks were uneducated, because they were never offered the chance. In today’s society, many view this book as racist and offensive due to the material and how Twain characterize Jim, a Black man. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a classic that not only satirizes slavery, but enlightens the readers about the realism of slavery and the lifestyle of the South, which is why this book should be a required reading for all students in the 11th or 12th grade. Students in high school learn about slavery and the civil rights movement in their history class. However, those books are written through the perspective of the people watching not the people who are suffering. Twain teaches the readers about slavery from the perspective of Jim, who was once a slave. Jim is like any other man; he loves his children, and his wife, and tries to save them at the risk of his own life. He runs away to escape slavery with hope that he can make money to
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