Acquaviva Huck Finn Essay - Acquaviva 1 Miles Acquaviva Mrs...

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Acquaviva 1 Miles Acquaviva Mrs. DePalma English 11H 26 February 2018 Racism and Slavery in Huckleberry Finn In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck has a crisis of conscience when he wants to free Jim. Jim is Miss Watson’s slave, and southern society dictates that African Americans are property instead of people. Huck sees Jim as a friend, and wants to free him, but his conscience tells him not to. In his heart, Huck knows that society is wrong, but he is not sure whether he should listen to his heart or his conscience. Huck gives into his heart when he says “All right then, I’ll go to hell” (Twain 283), signifying that he would go to hell for Jim, as he would do for Tom Sawyer. Southern society in Huckleberry Finn is very racist. Huck´s father said when they told me there was a state in this country where they’d let that nigger vote… I´ll never vote again “, when told about an educated African-American who was a college professor (Twain 283). This attitude is taught to Huck his whole life, and he believes that society is what is right. This influences Huck’s conscience. On the other hand, Huck has a heart that believes that all people
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