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A Look at the Educational Views of Huck Finn in the Novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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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 1800s 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 Souths 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 1800s 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 1800s 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 or white instead he saw the humanity of each individual that comes in shades of grey This enabled him to write about these topics in such a
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