A Dissertation on Racism and Huckleberry Finn

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(A Dissertation on Racism and “Huckleberry Finn”)

The “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is the greatest, and most adventurist novel in the free world. Mark Twain has a style of his own that depicts a since of realism in the novel about the society back in Post-Civil War America. Mark Twain definitely characterizes the hero or main character, the intelligent and sympathetic Huckleberry Finn, by the direct way of writing as though speaking through the actual voice of Huck. Every word, thought, and speech by Huck is so in depth and realistic, it reflects even the racism and black stereotypes typical of the era. And this has lead to many conflicting views by various readers since the first print of the novel, though inspiring thought jerking to some. Calista Phair, outraged by Twain’s constant use of the degrading and white supremacist word ‘nigger’, "I was humiliated and horrified that this book was being taught, when it has the word 'nigger' 215 times," (ROBERTS). Yet to counter that is a quote by the American writer Ernest Hemingway, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn…it’s the best book we’ve had…There has been nothing as good since" (“The Green Hills of Africa” Hemingway). In the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” the author Mark Twain shows through decisive language, decisive literature and characterization the use of psychological racism during his day and age. Twain uses the word ‘nigger’ often, both as a referral to the slave Jim and any African-American that Huck comes across and as a word to show insult and inferiority. However, the reader must also not fail to recognize that this style of racism, this ill treatment of African-Americans, this degrading attitude towards them is all stylized of the pre-Civil War tradition. Racism is only mentioned in the novel as an object of natural course and a perception to the actual views of the setting at that time. Huckleberry Finn...
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