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The Presence of Racism In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn There is a major argument among literary critics whether The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is or is not a racial novel The question comes down to the depiction of the character Jim the black slave and the way he is treated by Huck and other characters The use of the word nigger is also a point raised by some critics who feel that Twain uses the work too much and too loosely The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn might appear to be a racist novel The first time Jim is introduced he is given a very negative description The reader is told that Jim is illiterate childlike not very bright and extremely superstitious However it is important to realize who is giving this description Even though Huck is not a racist child he has been raised by extremely racist people who have influenced his morals and beliefs Twain is only portraying the chilling truth about the old south Salwen Jim is a very realistic slaved raised in the South during times of heavy racism Many characters use the word nigger throughout the novel But since the action of the book takes place in the south twenty years before the Civil War it would be amazing if they didnt use that word Salwen Twain was simply trying to capture the way people in the south would have actually acted towards blacks in the South at that time He tries to make it as realistic as possible A closer look reading also reveals Twains serious satiric intent In one scene for instance Aunt Sally hears of a steamboat explosion Good gracious Anybody hurt she asks No comes the answer Killed a nigger This is to show that white people really didnt think of blacks as actual people they were nothing Blacks were treated as less that human and Twain needed to
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