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Persuasive essay on Huck Finn and Racism According to a consultant for Chicago public schools named John Wallace The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is the most grotesque example of racist trash ever written He claims that Huckleberry Finn is an American classic for no reason than that it ridicules blacks to a greater extent than any other book given our children to read Johnson 39 But in accordance with my personal beliefs Bernard Bell a professor of English at Penn State University said Twain as we will see struggles valiantly like Huck to reject the legacy of American racism and to accept his personal responsibility for the injustice of slavery Mark 61 I believe that Mark Twain used his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to illustrate his abolitionist attitude The most frequent objection to this novel is the number of times the word nigger is included in the text As Langston Hughes claims The word nigger you see sums up for us who are colored all the bitter years of insult and struggle in America But when thought upon using the word nigger was absolutely essential for Mark Twain to write this book The story takes place before the Civil War when the institution of slavery was the primary influence on race relations It is important to understand both the history of slavery and the deterioration of race relations in the United States especially in the south that occurred during the years Twain was writing this book Adventures To present a story of slavery in the nineteenth century and not use the word is to make these racists and their times appear less obnoxious than they actually were that is to doctor the language This was not Twains goal He was trying to paint an accurate portrait of the times Besant This is apparent in the scene on Jacksons Island where Jim meets Huck and explains to him why he ran
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