The N Word - David J. Ford John Butwell English 1020 10...

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David J. Ford John Butwell English 1020 10 April 2009 David L. Smith-The “N-Word” Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . 3 rd Ed. Thomas A. Cooley. New York: Norton, 1999. 362-74 The essay opens up with a quote from our third United States President, Thomas Jefferson: “They [blacks] are at least as brave, and more adventuresome [compared with whites]. ...They are more ardent after their female: but love seems with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation. Their griefs are transient. ... In general, their existence appears to participate more of sensation than reflection. To this must be ascribed their disposition to sleep when abstracted from their diversions, and unemployed in labor.” Basically, Jefferson is comparing African- Americans to Whites, seeing them as by nature, inferior. Smith points out that in the novel, racism still exists to those African-Americans that are legally free and not bound into slavery, making it sort of ironic that Huckleberry Finn itself has been banned and censored as racist work in some schools and institutions. Smith's main focus of the essay is racial discourse . “Those who brand the book racist generally
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2009 for the course ENGL 1020 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '08 term at Middle Tennessee State University.

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