Huck Finn

Mr. Davis

Ap English Language and Composition

19 December 2008

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not racist. It is simply realistically portraying the views and thinking of the “old south”.   Mark Twain purposely tries to show the racist nature of the south and how it is overcome by some one as simple as a 14 yr old child through observation and experience.   Because of the effort to show the reader how and why slavery is wrong, Mark Twain’s book,   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   is clearly not racist.
We first see the realistic nature in chapter 2 when we first hear Jim speak.   Because he is a slave he speaks in broken words. This is important to the books realistic nature because it shows how the slaves talked and communicated being that they were illiterate.   It would take away the books meaning and reality if the slave spoke the same english as the widow. For we all should know that most slaves were illiterate and therefore could not speak english like their masters at the time.   Blacks were not treated as equal human beings during these times, they were seen as nothing but the person there to do the chores; a mere servant.   They did not have the time to go to school like the whites nor did they   have the right.   Jim symbolizes the nature of the black race in the south by the way he humbles himself to the superior race showing his loyalty and respect for the Widow and   Huck.
Twain starts the book off by putting the reader in the view of a person who is overcome by the thinking and other views of the “civilized” people.   How they think of blacks as slaves and servants that know nothing. The perspective that we see the slaves from at the beginning   portrays them as another species different   from the whites. But when read further we see that the perspective changes as Huck and Jim get away from the “civilized” world and into the natural world. Because then the readers perspective is no...