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Racism and Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn Since the very first printing of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the book has always been a very controversial one to say the least Many people misunderstand Mark Twains intentions when he wrote this book He just wanted to tell a story not preach hate He does a very good job of demonstrating the culture of the late eighteen hundreds In no way is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn aimed at belittling the African American Race it merely illustrates how the poorly the slave owners and traders treated blacks Throughout the book the word nigger is very prominently used As you can imagine African American people take offense to that word even most people take offense to that word Just because we might take offense to that word doesnt mean that we should just turn our heads and pretend that the word does not exist Mark Twain did a very good job when writing this book in terms of the dialect he used During the period of time when this book was written the n-word was part of their culture where as the words African American and black are used today in our culture If Mark Twain avoided the many racial slurs used during the late eighteen hundreds the book would have lost some of the intellectual value which it possesses not to mention the historical value of the era Besides if Mark Twain used alternate words he would be writing from a romantic point of view instead of a realist point of view Throughout the whole book Mark Twain never makes a derogatory comment or statement towards anyone especially blacks The only time he does use the n-word is in a characters dialogue And to see the cool way of that nigger-why he wouldnt a give me the road if I hadnt shoved him out o the way That is the way that people talked back then
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