English 11, B
23 March 2012
Racism in Mississippi
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain that contains the worldwide and continuous conflict of racism. Huck's father, Pap is concerned with the conflict of a black man's right to vote in his own town. Due to his skin color and the racism in his society, the black man was not allowed the right a white man has. Huck apologizes to Jim, a black slave, to earn his respect back even though his society shows no respect or sorrow for a black man. A stranger individually defends Jim despite what the color of his skin is. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain uses Huck to depict the conflict of racism through his struggle as an individual with his society. Pap is concerned with a black man's ability to vote in his own town when he is denied allowance. Pap states, “They said he could vote, when he was at home. Well, that let me out. Thinks I, what is this country a-coming to?” (Twain 20). Pap is surprised by what is happening in this voting situation. He feels like this world is coming to a strange place. This is the type of society Huck has to grow up with. Huck's racist society is not allowing a black man the right to vote. Huck as an individual is being influenced by his society that black men should not vote; however, he is also being influenced by Pap that he should be able to. This is where the main struggle as an individual with his society begins. He has two main influences and does not know which to follow. Dyson states, “The depth to which an economic condition causes moral blindness is deeper, at any rate, than Huck's moralizing can reach” (Dyson 45). Due to the social and economic conditions in his society, it causes moral blindness in some people. This means that because of these conditions the society has less knowledge of the difference between right and wrong. If the society is in their right mind then there would be no conflict of racism with...
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