Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the greatest, most daring novels in the world. Mark Twains style helps to realistically portray early America. Mark Twain tells the story through the voice of Huck, the very kindhearted main character.
Everything that Huck says reflects the racism and black stereotypes typical of the era. This has lead to many conflicts from readers since the novel was first printed. However, the story has inspired some. James W. Tuttleton says in an article he wrote that Huck Finn is regularly denounced as racist trash (The San Francisco Chronicle 1885 6) . Yet, again to oppose that is a quote by a reader, Anyone who is offended by this book is obviously ignorant of the true purpose of this book (which does not show slavery to be right, I might add) and perhaps should find out a little more about it than what OTHERS have told them. (Soapbox Shumway.
2000 ). The author does use the word nigger a lot, he says it to the slave Jim and also to any other blacks that he sees as insulting or of 2poor standard. Huckleberry Finn still stands as a powerful representation of experience through the brand new eyes of an innocent boy. The only way Huck knows to treat the African American culture is the way he was taught and raised. This is how he treats the African Americans in the story. Twains literary style in capturing the novel, Hucks casual attitude and truthful position, and Jims absolute acceptance of the oppression by the names all signify this.
Twain uses southern dialect but he does not blatantly degrade the Negro society. If the author wished-for the story to be racist, he would not write about the way Huck felt towards Jim. He Twain tried to evince the beauty of Huck and Jim’s friendship by sealing it in flawed and humble English. ( Race Traitor DAndrea 1992). It is seen some throughout the book that Huck sees Jim as a white man. Huck tells the reader this when he realizes that Jim misses his own family and children, I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for theirn (150). Any words that seem to humiliate African-Americans is simply a casual use of Southern slang and not purposeful.
Huck talks the way he was taught according to the culture then to stylize a specific behavior toward black slaves. However, his feelings toward Jim throughout the novel has taught Huck to conquer certain stereotypes, such as black stupidity and apathy. Huckleberry still 3believes Jim to be inappropriate and stubborn at times, as in their exchange over the Biblical story of King Solomon and the French language. Huck doesnt tell Jim but says to the reader, If he got a notion in his head once, there warnt no getting it out againI see it warnt no use wasting words you cant learn a nigger to argue (76-79). Twain uses his main character, Huckleberry Finn, to convey his literary style and therefore makes it important to think about this character. The San Francisco Bulletin says that The author turns his knowledge of Western dialects to account.
( San Francisco Evening Bulletin unsigned 1885). The reader will observe that Huck acts based on his own ethics. Despite the Widow Douglass and Miss Watsons attempt to civilize Huck by teaching, sheltering, and instructing him on how to behave, Hucks actions throughout the novel do not always reflect their teachings. The character has a restricted viewpoint and his outlook in life is truthful, having no propagandist suggestions. Huck does not advocate slavery nor does he protest it. He views slavery as an ordinary incident in everyday life and the lower nature of slavery to be of little meaning. When a situation occurs that requires Huck to help Jim, he helps him as a result of his own moral standards.
He may trouble over the principles of helping a fugitive nigger, as southern society 4condemns it. However, Hucks own love for Jim allows him to understand his own sin. I come to being lost and going to helland got to thinking over our trip down the river; and I see Jim before me all the time But somehow I couldnt seem to strike no places to harden me against himhow good he always was I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the only one hes got now I will steal Jim out of slavery again; and if I could think up anything worse, I would do that, too (206). Huckleberry Finn is a fantastic book that captures the heart of the reader in its radiance and purity.
The book is good and lively, all the way through. (Hartford Daily Times unsigned 1885 4). Despite the fact that many critics have attacked its racist outlook; the piece simply represents a realism that occurred during early America, the setting of the novel. Twains novel Huckleberry Finn should be portrayed as a novel that represents a young boy that grew up in that era and not one that represents racial bigotry. The ridicule of the slave race in the end permitted by Huck is more about pleasing the awes of Huck toward Tom. The novel is an achievement for the reason that it does not fall short to confine the one outstanding point of growing up for Huck: boyhood.BlackWorks Cited Unsigned.
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