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An Analysis of Slavery, Racism and Superstition in the Novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Word Count: 1,314
Huck FinnBen Goo In the novel Huck Finn the 3 subjects of slavery racism and superstition all play an important role in the personality traits expectations and actions of almost all of the characters in the book The book relied on these subjects as not only as a base for satire in the book but also as a great source of conflict within the entire text The guilt that Huck felt as expressed here says I I wont let no run away niggers get by me if I can help it I got aboard the raft feeling bad and low because I knowed very well I done wrongpg106 shows how society impressed their own beliefs about slavery on Huck This also shows how slavery was a very important factor in most of the actions and guilt for those actions that Huck experienced during his journeys Racism also played a major role in the opinions as well as the morals of the charters in the book Superstition as shown here Jim had a hair-ball as big as your fist which had been took out of the fourth stomach of an ox and he used to do magic with it He said there was a spirit inside of it and it knowed everythingPg 21 shows perfectly the attitudes towards non-religious beliefs in the book Superstitious beliefs not only acted in the book as a guide toward a charter behavior but also as a foreshadowing of problems to come In Huck Finn it is easy to see that Mark Twain meant slavery to be a large part of the book This is brought out by the constant conflict that Huck had to deal with on a regular basis what to do with Jim when he couldnt be seen with a runaway slave Many times he has simply lied Pa was pretty poor and had some debts there werent nothing left but sixteen dollars and our nigger Jim
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