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Huck Finn Persuasive Essay Many people would argue that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a racist novel, and Twain has a mean spirited attack at black people through the use of his novels language, and some of the characters actions. You could argue that it is racist but in reality Twain is using the real language of the time to capture and portray the south at the time, and how blacks were being treated. Through out the novel the word "nigger" is used quite frequently by white southerners... Many believe that was Twain being racist but that's not why it's in the book. Twain is using to show how the south was in that time period before and well after the civil war. He uses it ironically to show how white people were cruel and didn't care about black people at all, and to show the reader that it is wrong and unjustified. ...read more.


Sure the way whites talked back then is racist, but a book that is used to portray racism and is wronging is not racist. Is the book about being racists towards blacks? No. It's about a young boy who sets off by himself, and runs into his slave friend Jim. Twain uses Jim as a morale center in his novel. He shows Jim a good light as being brave and simple minded, but shows him as humanity itself you could say. He also portrays to the audience that Jim is a person just like anyone else. He does it in the book where Jim talks about his daughter and makes Huck realize that he is a human being. He also tries to change the reader's opinion that racism is acceptable, by showing how Huck thought slavery was a normal and acceptable thing in the beginning of the novel, but later Huck rebukes it and thinks it's immoral and savage. ...read more.


Here are some quotes from Twain: "One of my theories is that the hearts of men are about alike, all over the world, whatever their skin-complexions may be." "Nearly all black and brown skins are beautiful, but a beautiful white skin is rare." "There are many humorous things in the world; among them is the white man's notion that he is less savage than all the other savages." If anyone has any critically thinking about this novel I would suggest they criticize his portrayal of religion if anything. How would bad mouthing society and society's views of racism being acceptable, be racist? Hopefully this essay proves that Twain and his novel was indeed not racist in any respects. Some would argue that in Twains novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn "he creates not an apology for slavery but a challenge to it". ...read more.

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