Huck Finn Argument Essay

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Twain’s Obscure Revelation in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In his essay ‘Twentieth-Century Fiction and the Black Mask of Humanity,” Ralph Ellison argues that Mark Twain was a very influential author because of his ability to combine his morals with his belief in democracy. When crediting Twain for his importance in literature, Ellison refers to the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as text that was way ahead of its time. His reverence for the novel can be attributed to Twain’s ability to show a young boy’s internal struggle when he refuses to conform to the expectations of society. The young boy- Huck Finn- lived during a time when there were high standards for young men and racial tensions were immense. Twain portrays Huck as an independent figure who refuses to be “sivilized” by the outside world. Although various critics condemn Twain for his morals and claim he is a racist, it is actually true that his characterization of Huck Finn was extremely effective because of Huck’s growth over his character flaws, especially due to the time period in which the story was written. Some see the story of Huckleberry Finn as “meaningless” and a text that has racist connotations. The excessive use of the word “nigger” is seen as disturbing and hurtful to many who read Twain’s novel. Racism is constantly flowing throughout the texts during many scenes in which Jim, an African American, is constantly degraded. Twain is also criticized for his depiction of the character’s morals in the novel. Huck’s caretakers, Miss Watson and Widow Douglass are portrayed as benevolent women, but they are really hypocrites whose actions do not align with their articulated beliefs. The women claim to be actively religious, while practicing slavery at the same time. Twain’s representation of certain characters and the dialect of the time has angered many readers.

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