Huckleberry - Racism in the time that Huckleberry Finn was...

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Racism in the time that Huckleberry Finn was written was beginning to be removed from society but was still very present. Mark Twain addressed many issues in this novel and one that was very prevalent was slavery in the south. At the point in time that the novel takes place it was still acceptable and the effects of this practice on a human is most commonly seen through the eyes of Jim. Even In post civil war America there was still a large group of Americans that felt that blacks were second class citizens . Leon Litwack said “even the abolitionists, who opposed slavery frequently, regarded blacks as inherently inferior” (Davis 362) . In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck feels the same as most Americans in this time period about slaves. Throughout the novel he begins to understand that Jim is more than a slave or a piece of property, he is a human being with all of the same feelings and emotions that he has. Huck’s moral development throughout the novel is seen through his growing relationship with Jim and the choices he makes to follow his heart rather than society. Society views Huck as a reckless misdirected child who does whatever he pleases. Jim is viewed as a slave and nothing more. Miss Watson on the other hand sees his true potential and does everything that she can to make him a southern gentleman. Although she is kind by trying to help Huck become a better person she still holds the same views as the rest of society when it comes to slavery. This goes to show that even though someone in this time period seemed to be moral they probably still owned slaves. As stated by Smith in the critiques at the end of the novel, even abolitionists saw slaves as less than human. Slaves were not recognized as having emotions but throughout the novel Huck sees that this is not true. Africans were treated as less than human but even though Huck still sees Jim as a piece of property his ideas on slavery will soon change through their adventures together along the river.
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When Huck is separated from Jim in the fog he tells him that the whole instance was a dream just so that he could play a trick on Jim. He said that it took him fifteen minutes before he
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2010 for the course LIT 312 taught by Professor Staples during the Spring '10 term at Randolph-Macon.

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