Huck Finn Argument Essay

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        The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn explores the longing for freedom. Huck and “nigger” Jim want nothing more than freedom from the proper ways of society and the lives they once lived. Thus, resulting in their travel down the Mississippi River in search for family and adventure in Cairo, Illinois. Although, Jane Smiley states that Jim was not acknowledged as a human by Huck due to his racism and continuous use of the word “nigger”, Huck concludes by the end of the novel that Jim is a human and friend in his mind.         Jane Smiley argues how Jim’s treatment by Huck was morally wrong and there can be no excuse for it. She states that Huck using the word “nigger” leads to a bigger development of racism in Huck and Mark Twain, thus wishing the novel was censored. Smiley expresses the use of the word “nigger” suggests Huck and Twain do not care about Jim’s need for freedom enough to change their own plans, which, to Smiley, exploits the dominant “racial insight that Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are capable of is a recognition of the obvious....” Smiley continues her argument by using Uncle Tom’s Cabin as an example of how after this book came into our culture, the “secretive voice” of Huck replaced it, who, to Smiley, only noticed Jim when they are on the raft together. Smiley questions whether the novel should be taught in schools, deemed appropriate, because to her, Huck does not even acknowledge his “sidekick” as human, “let alone act in the interests of his humanity.” Jane Smiley’s argument of Huck being racist and unaware of his actions towards Jim can be a valid argument but evidence in the story shows otherwise.         Huck Finn’s use of the word “nigger” does not hide a “deeper racism” in the novel, it merely shows the century that he lives in, one where everyone uses the word “nigger” to describe a black slave. Huck does allow Jim to travel down the river with him, knowing Jim desires to be free and find his family, and...
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