10 November 2014
Hildebrand, Jennifer. "I Awluz Liked Dead People, En Done All I Could For 'Em": Reconsidering "Huckleberry Finn's" African And American Identity." Southern Quarterly 47.4 (2010): 151-190. Literary Reference Center Plus. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.
Jennifer Hildebrand discusses in her article, "I awluz Liked Dead People, En Done All I Could For 'Em: Reconsidering Huckleberry Finn's African And American Identity," the views and identities of the black race throughout the novel. Hildebrand believes that Twain, while writing the novel, used several sources to create his own "identity" of the black race in his characters. She discusses the several characteristics of the black slave, Jim, and how his superstition connects to his racial identity. The article also claims that many people don't understand the African philosophy behind this novel. Hildebrand suggests that "perhaps Twain used this imagery to mislead his readers to that he might have a last laugh at their expense."
This article seems useful to fully understand how and why Twain may come off to be racist or judgmental toward the slaves with the obstacles and challenges that are presented in the book. This article would be beneficial for discussing how the characteristics of the characters throughout the novel shape the African and American identity and explain the "racism" that Twain seems to portray.
Nelson, Cassandra. "Isolation in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." McClinton-Temple, Jennifer ed. Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 9 Nov. 2014
Cassandra Nelson discusses the isolation that Huck Finn experiences and is the result of many of his actions in her article, "Isolation in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The article claims that the isolation is apparent not only by Huck's history but also...