Huck realizes that racism and slavery are very immoral and this encourages him to keep helping Jim to freedom. The racism in Huck’s society affect his perception of right and wrong because most of the people who had an influence on him thought that slavery was a good thing and were, in general, racist people. He couldn’t make his mind up between what was right or wrong because he had to choose either; what society thought was right, slavery, lynching or what his heart thought was right, helping his friend Jim. When Jim was sold from the Duke and the King Huck becomes scared and begins to write a letter to a previous caretaker, Miss Watson, then he had “to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and [he] knowed it. [He] studied a minute, sort of holding [his] breath, and then says to [himself]:"All right, then, I'll go to hell"- and tore it up.”(Twain 214) He
Much violence and abuse was seen during this time of uncertainty. Slave owners treated slaves even worse than before due to the way they had “misbehaved” during the time the Yankees were present to oversee that the slaves were actually being freed. After a long period of confusion and denial, the slave-owning families finally surrendered their human property, although they did not surrender their ideas of superiority, thus creating a racism barrier between themselves and the community of blacks that was once their property. When the news of the abolition of slavery came to the slaves, they celebrated like they never celebrated anything before. Their prayers had been answered and they were now free men.
“ I knowed he was white inside (40). Huck states that though Jim is African American, he has intellectual thoughts and a lack of education does not change the way Jim thinks and cares. “Jim was most ruined, for a servant because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.” (9).Most people judged Jim, not only because of the color of his skin, but the fact that he spoke differently then white folk. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Jim continues to make intelligent thoughts and problems to the pairs sticky situations and proves to the reader that the southern stereotypes in the 1800’s were racist and
In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain expresses the South’s attitude toward racism through certain characters and events that take place. In the beginning of this novel, Twain uses Huckleberry’s father, Pap Finn, as an example of the South’s attitude toward racism. Even though Huck and his father are the lowest in the social class besides blacks, Pap still is racist towards blacks. For example, one of the times when Pap Finn goes into town and
The intolerance of the African-American race is shown a great deal from beginning to end in these two novels. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird and in Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Scout and Huck endure prejudice, but are able to overcome it through their desire not to side with society, and the positive influences in their lives. Scout and Huck both live in societies that are virtually intolerant of the African-American race. Their societies are driven by this segregation, making them become extremely out of control. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, in a court trial.
I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery. I loathed them as being the meanest as well as the most wicked of men (50). This passage marks the point where Frederick realizes the injustices of slavery on himself, as well as all people, colored and white. When Douglass lived with the Aulds he met Sophia Auld, who had begun to teach him to read. This went on for a while until her husband, Hugh Auld, scolded her and warned her of the dangers of teaching a slave.
With that said he truly is able to see that society's way of treating Jim is completely wrong. Huck states "It was fifteen minutes before I could...humble myself to a nigger; but I warn't ever sorry for it afterward" (Twain 79). Huck has chosen to play a prank on Jim but it has caused him only agony. Hucks heart allows him to realize Jim as a regular person and therefore say sorry to him because it is the right thing to do in Hucks eyes rather than in
The story is clearly written from a northerners view showing the harsh cruelties of slavery and how it hurts many African Americans, breaking them and their families part one by one. The people of the north were pleased with the book and called it the best of the year. But meanwhile the members of the south though differently, “UTC is the worst piece of ENDLESS misrepresentation that I have ever read” said southerner Margret Johnson.. Once again these contradicting point of views are unhealthy for the unity of America. It has become obvious that a country can not survive on ideas and opinions that split the country in half . Uncle Toms Cabin is just another example of how the contrasting ideas of the north and south will eventually lead to a much greater problem that will unravel the so called “United”
In order for this book to be historically correct and accurate, the word nigger must be used. Finn addresses his slave, Jim, as nigger; however, throughout the course of this novel, Finn sees the error in his ways and in turn helps Jim gain his freedom. Whether or not The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be banned from schools is a debatable topic. The claims as to why this American classic should be banned are logical; however, they fail to put things into perspective. This word as well as many other vulgar words are said and heard daily.