Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Essay

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Breanna Jones March 26, 2012 1A The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Critical Lens I believe that Huckleberry Finn is portrayed in a racial environment. This story takes place in a time of slavery when blacks were considered inferior to whites. Huckleberry Finn challenges the notions of time through its narrator and main character. In the story, they describe Huck as a little boy who wears old rags and has to do what his parents expect of him in order to get good out of it. In the beginning of the story Huck lived with his mother who was very religious and his father who was always drunk with long greasy hair; typical guy you would most likely think to see at a bar. During the story, Huck spent most of his time on the Mississippi River with Jim, an escaped slave. To Huck, Jim wasn’t an escaped slave. He was a friend and partner. Jim and Huck both ran away from home for distinct reasons. Huck left because his father had come to town and wasn’t satisfied with the way Huck took about his education. Jim left because he had overheard his parents talking about selling him. When readers read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, most likely their first thought would be why did they specifically place Jim as this character and Huck as this character. They would automatically think, “Well why does the black person have to be an escaped slave?” They wouldn’t care to think of ideas that maybe the story is portraying to how life was like back in the days and/or what they did to handle situations. Jim’s character supplies to white and black people alike. The society which Huck tries to escape looks down upon blacks. Society sees blacks as nothing more than slaves and people who do badly to other people or just bad in general. Jim reinforced this: “I owns mysef en I’s wuth eight hund’d dollars.” The society also sees blacks as people who are superstitiously afraid. In
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