Honors English 11
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
“You don’t fight racism with racism, the best way to fight racism is with solidarity” (Seale 1 ). In a society where racism and slavery are present, Twain shows that racism is extensive in society, meaning racism is even shown in the best people with good morals .
Throughout the book, Mark Twain uses Huckleberry Finn and Jim to portray his ideas and issues with racism and slavery
The classic tale,
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,
written by Mark
Twain, reflected the ideas of racism and slavery that he was taught in the deep South, into The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Initially, Twain’s immense amount of use of the term “nigger” and the many racial meanings that come with that word created problems throughout the novel .
Another meaning for
the word “nigger”, besides someone who is African American is, “A colored person who has no money” (Wiktionary 1). Twain focused on the definition “ A darkskinned person, especially a person of, or primarily of, Negro descent” (Wiktionary 1). The difference between these two
definitions is that the first definition of the term is judging and downgrading a race. The second definition is explaining what type of person they’re talking about without being racist. This understanding of the word ”nigger” was used during the time of the book, unlike the other definition which is used today as an extremely derogatory term. The word “nigger” was used as much as the word “blacks” is used today
Twain used this term towards African Americans
because it showed that whites were superior to
The word “nigger” is a degrading term, which
was often taken harshly
Many also used this word to describe how uneducated slaves were .
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