scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,217
Racism in American Literature Many readers assume that novels such as The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn To Kill a Mockingbird Light in August and also Of Mice and Men have a strong racially discriminating nature These are great novels in American Literature but they strike great controversy even years after their publication In fact they pose more of an argument in this era than in the racially discriminative era the authors lived in Samuel Clemens also known as Mark Twain is considered one of the greatest writers of not only America but of all time yet his books contain racial slurs and stereotypes In the John Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men the white ranch hands discriminate against the black ranch hand Crooks continually throughout the book Harper Lee wrote the book To Kill a Mockingbird about what happens to a southern town when a black man stands trial for a crime he did not perpetrate Also in William Faulkners Light In August the Negro character Joe Christmas is constantly insulted and oppressed In addition many people in the time period that these great books were written in were convinced that black people were not as good as white people and were not derogatory toward them to be racist or hateful that was just the way things were in that time period The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is an excellent example of racism in literature because it uses degrading language describing African Americans which goes beyond satire It treats them as objects and sustains a stereotype of ignorance that still pervades our society more than one hundred years after its writing Every character in this book is racist even Huck himself With such lines as No maam just a nigger he illustrates this Mark Twain uses these racial terms because as he said in his autobiography that in his school boy days he was not aware that anything was wrong with slavery or being
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA