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In Chapter 1 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck spoke for Mark Twainwhen he made the statement You dont know about mebut that aint no matter TheAdventures of Huckleberry Finn was not a sequel to his other adventure stories but aliterary statement questioning how civilized our American society really was Twain wasnot a racist but a realist The perception of racism in the novel should be attributed to thehistorical setting and the effect it had on its characters The story took place in the Southbefore the Civil War The Souths economic structure depended on keeping the Negro inservitude Many white Americans accepted slavery and believed the Negroes were inferiorwhich resulted in racist attitudes and behaviors Twain used the character development ofJim and Huck to demonstrate how these attitudes could change once Huck was able to seepast the cultural stereotype of Jim being a Negro and recognize he was a person who wasboth noble and decent and deserved to be free like any other man whether he was black orTwains early development of the character Jim has been controversial because ofthe apparent racism In the early chapters Jim was portrayed as a typical slave stereotype superstitious ignorant and naive On two separate occasions Huck delighted inexploiting Jims superstitious beliefs to play a joke on him In Chapter 10 Huck put adead snake in Jims blanket after Jim had warned him that it was the worse luck in theworld to touch a snakeskin Then Huck realized Jim wasnt really the fool he thoughthim to be when the dead rattlesnakes mate returned and bit Jim Huck felt bad Huckplayed his last trick on Jim after they passed Cairo and got separated by the currents Atfirst Huck thought it was funny to pretend that they had never been separated but he washumbled by Jims reactions which showed both dignity and his strong sense of value Hucks viewpoint of Jim was changing but his former upbringing was evident when
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