Huckleberry Fin

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorHigh School, 11th grade September 2001

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn..

Is Mark Twain really racist or not? Was Mark Twain really racist or not when he wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Of Mark Twain's entire literature collection, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains the most questioned of them all. It has been said to have the most racist views of any American novel and you could clearly tell by the words from the novel. However, humans today are fascinated with real life situations, tagged in with fictional story line and in this novel Twain describes this real life situation perfectly. Twain put the real life happenings of slavery, in a fun and fictional story. The novel is the noblest, greatest, and most adventuresome novel the world, but the point in the novel is about the racial relations between each human. In his book, Twain was not intending the novel to be a racist novel, but instead a novel of slavery protest.

The slavery described in the book was only done so because that is how it really was in the time period the book was written.

Mark Twain has a style of his own and when he wrote this novel he seemed to be writing as though through the actual voice of Huck. Every word, thought, and speech by Huck is so precise that it reflects even the racism and black stereotypes typical of the era. As a result of that, it lead to many conflicting battles by various critics since the first print of the novel. However, not all readers had bad concerns over the novel either and actually had some good things to say about the novel. A man named John H. Wallace was one of the outraged by Twain's constant use of the degrading and white supremacist word "nigger" and said "The...