Racism in Huckleberry Finn Essay

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Huck Finn and Racism during His Time Several different points of view are demonstrated in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The time period in which the book is based would lead you to believe in a biased view of African Americans such as slaves being possessions and good-for-nothings. The book takes place in an era where discrimination against colored people is normal. The children, the adults, and Huck all have different views that develop and change throughout the book. The children are often looked at as color blind and may accept African Americans but still do not view them as equal. The adults looked down on them as dumb and useless possessions. Huck had a less racist view and even less as time went on. Children in this time period did not discriminate against blacks due to their indifference to colored people. Children would play with colored children and not know that blacks were supposed to be treated differently than whites. The children played games with them, but over the years racism will be learned from their parents and other authoritative adult figures in their lives. Tom Sawyer was one of these white children. Tom Sawyer, in fact, had little regard for the lives or feelings of colored people. This disregard was not uncommon for youngsters, but was almost expected of Tom. For example, when Tom and Huck were trying to free Jim from a shed, Tom decided that a risky plan that could get them all killed, including Jim, was the better plan. The adults also had this same attitude towards blacks as Tom. In the 1800s and before the adults had no regard for African Americans as slaves were necessary for the continuation of the South. An Africans life lost was of no concern to them unless whites would lose through lack of work. During Huck’s journey to help Jim to freedom, Huck was pretending to be Tom Sawyer and needed a cover up lie; he told his

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