The Illustrious Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Clemens is in no way a racist piece of literature. Its author is in no way a racist; he?s quite the opposite. Some believe the book needs to be banned from school?s required reading lists and libraries. These debates come about due to the description of one of the book?s characters Jim, a black run-away slave that befriends Huck through his adventures down the river. Because Jim?s character is described as an uneducated ?nigger? some people have looked upon this characterization as racist. I say, however, that the books main goal was to alert people of racism, and Clemens was just staying accurate to the time in which the story takes place.
Jim is depicted as a slave in the south during a period when slavery was a commonly practiced and widely accepted way of life. Slaves in the early 1800?s were not provided any formal education, never allowed any independent thought and were constantly mistreated and abused. The author is merely describing how an undereducated slave spoke in those days and is providing an accurate portrayal of society?s mindset during this time
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