The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

To make a point about the issue of racism in America after the Civil War, it came as no surprise that author Mark Twain had written a book solely for that purpose. Although African Americans have been freed of slavery, they were still treated the same as before slavery was abolished and Twain addressed the issue, perhaps in hopes that his fellow Americans would have a change of heart. He uses the character of Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to make people of the post-Civil War era reexamine their views on the African Americans.

The Civil War had left the South in disarray. Its main source of labor, slavery, had been abolished and the farms, factories, and plantations had been destroyed. The freed African Americans lacked money, education, and, of course, opportunity. The Americans weren’t exactly thrilled to have their slaves freed and, in most cases, still disrespected the African Americans as if they weren’t human beings but instead disposable servants. The characters of white Americans in the book felt the same way, except the Civil War had not occurred yet therefore there was still slave labor being enforced in the South. If the Americans after the Civil War and the Americans in the book before the Civil War shared mutual feelings about the African Americans, then it shows there how racism in the South has yet to be resolved although Twain thinks it needs to be.

Now the character of Jim is still a slave since slavery has yet to be abolished, but as the story progresses he’s portrayed as an actual human being rather than simply a white man’s or a white woman’s disposable, meaningless laboring servant. Jim speaks with a thick African accent and Huckleberry finds out that the man is extremely superstitious, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s incompetent like how most Americans in the South make slaves out to be. He overheard Miss Watson talk about selling him to New Orleans, which would...
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