Persuasive Essay On Huckleberry Finn

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Carl Olsen Mrs. Martelli American Literature AP 30 August 2014 “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” uses the word “nigger” over two hundred times throughout the book. Because of the degrading term used so frequently, there have been many debates whether or not the book is racist or should even be banned from classrooms and public libraries. Some think the book offends African American students while others think it helps display the language of the historical time period which takes place around the 1840’s in Missouri. You can find the answer to the racism question by analyzing the treatment of whites to blacks throughout the book. "Good gracious! Anybody hurt!" "No'm." "Killed a nigger. "Well it's lucky, because sometimes people…show more content…
However, there is one character who isn’t racist and that is Huckleberry Finn. He is racist at first and that is because he grew up in an environment which is completely racist. However, in time he does start to realize that Jim and himself are equal. If he were truly racist, he would have sold him out, which he had several opportunities to and denied giving up his friend. When Huck almost sells Jim out, it is a constant internal battle between Huck’s heart and society. Under no circumstances would I consider Mark Twain to be racist. Mark Twain may use the word “nigger” often, but he creates these racist comments as satires to ridicule society during these times. He uses one of the best works of art to show how life was at one point and to remind future generations how depressing it was for black people in the South during the 1800’s. Twain is like Huck Finn in the aspect that they grew up in racist environments and eventually realized society was wrong for what they were doing. "Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another.”- Lowest Animal by Mark
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