The Educational Views of Huck Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is a well written piece of literature for secondary school students to read. This novel has many views and situations which can be beneficial for a high school reader. Huck Finn shows a real view of life in the South in the late 1800's. The novel also traces the maturity of an authentic character from this time period. Through the use of the characters Huck and Jim, Twain illuminates the deeper issue of what it is to be a human through the South's generic treatment of slaves and the misconceptions of many of their owners. High school readers may use these three points as learning tools for their future.
In reading this novel, an historical point of view of the South is gained. The South during the late 1800's was driven by slavery- the ownership of Africans by whites.
Without teaching other generations about the mistakes of our, a full understanding of the evils will not be appreciated and a continued generational prejudice may ensue. Although history has left its mark on the relationships between whites and blacks, Twain shows a more intimate relationship between colors at this racial time.
Until the Civil Rights Act, blacks were treated inferior to Whites. Blacks were viewed as slaves and their owners were, in most cases, Whites. This relationship never seemed to allow them to get to know each other personally. During the 1800's in the South, blacks were not seen as people, but as merely servants. In this novel, a relationship is formed between Huck and Jim, a slave, which proves to be controversial for the time period. However, one of the central points in this novel is that Twain did not see people as black...