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A Biography of Mark Twain an American Writer, and His Book the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Derogatory or Merely a Book Reflecting the times It Was Written In?
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book written by Mark Twain This book has been scrutinized censored and argued over since its publication There are many ways to look at Huckleberry Finn One can look at it as a derogatory book focusing on the stereotyping of Negroes and the excessive use of offensive language Or one can see it as merely a book reflecting the times it was written in and the language attitude and cultures of that time To understand this book we must look at the times it was written in and the man that wrote it Mark Twain was Born Samuel Langhorn Clemens in 1835 in Florida Missouri At about the age of four his family moved to the Mississippi river town of Hannibal Missouri As a child he was surrounded by the slave culture This story found in Mark Twain at Your Fingertips shows us how his mother behaved toward the slaves We had a little slave boythere in HannibalHe was a cheery spirit innocent and gentle and the noisiest creature that ever was perhaps All day long he was singing whistling yelling whooping laughing-it was maddening Harnsberger 321 His mothers obvious care for Negroes would never have allowed her to have viewed a minstrel show Minstrel shows of the time featured blacks as child-like idiotic tools for mere entertainment Eventually Twain tricked his mother into viewing one such show This story was also told in Mark Twain at Your Fingertips Like my mother Aunt Betsy Smith had never seen a Negro show She and my mother were very much alive their age counted for nothing they age counted for nothing they were fond of excitement 270 Surely Twain grew up a proper young man with a generous regard for all persons Many aspects of his life show him with this attitude One of his more famous quotations include In the case of the Negro
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