Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Racism Essay

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Andreina Diaz Mr. Colvin English 3p April 23, 2012 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Racism In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain addresses the issues of racism and slavery. He writes in a humorous, almost childish way, yet the themes are clear. Mark Twain establishes these ideals by portraying them through the protagonists, Huck and Jim, and criticizes the failure to live up to them by portraying them through the antagonists, Miss Watson, Aunt Sally and other slave holders. Throughout the novel Huck is helping Jim escape. On their journey Huck fights with his conscience about whether he's doing the right thing by helping Jim gain his freedom, but by the end of the novel it is clear that Huck understands slavery is wrong. In the novel, Jim runs away from his slave owner, Miss Watson. By doing so Jim could have been severely punished, and the people of Jim’s society would not have even listened to him or even considered his reason. "Well, you see, it 'uz dis way. Ole missus-dat's Miss Watson- she pecks on me all de time, en treats me pooty rough, but she alwuz said she wouln' sell me down to Orleans. ... but she could git eight hund'd dollars for me" (Twain page 43). Twain wanted to show, through Jim, just how cruel people were and how those feelings were condoned by society. Twain also shows the ideal of freedom through Jim and the failure to live up to that freedom when Miss Watson sells him. Society criticized Huck as uncivilized due to physical appearance, when really Huck turned out to be more civilized than any other character in the novel because he learns how to respect Jim. Through the ironic criticism of society trying to civilize Huck, he teaches us a lesson on being civilized. Huck comes to the conclusion that Jim deserves to be free and that they really are not so different from each other. Even though the people around Huck and
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