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Humanistic Depiction of Jim The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is the most grotesque example of racist trash ever written Wallace 1 Many people in the African American community share this rather extreme view believing that the book promotes racist ideas and agendas Others however regard it as holding one of the highest positions in the canon of American literature On an international level it is a fixture among the classics of world literature Kaplan 352 How can such a discrepancy exist regarding peoples perceptions about the meaning or intent of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The majority of the problem is that opponents to the book get entirely caught up with the word nigger to the point that they do not pay attention to important changes in the book that yield anti-racist ideas Also opponents to the book such as Julius Lester take a myopic look at the character Jim without fully realizing the extent to which he is portrayed as a fully realized human being Instance after instance Twain writes about Jim in ways that help the reader come to understand that he is just as important with just as much feelings as anyone else in the book Contrary to what many adversaries state regarding The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the book does a wonderful job portraying Jim as a character with just as many feelings as any white person in the book while at the same time encompassing the unfortunate reality of the time In order to subvert Hucks misconception of nigger Jim Twain first exposes Jims humanity when the two are separated from each other on the river during a dense fog Huck alone of the canoe searches for Jim who is alone on the raft When Huck finally catches up with the raft he finds Jim asleep apparently exhausted from the terrifying ordeal Instead of waking up Jim to celebrate their reunion Huck decides to play
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