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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published by Mark Twain in 1885 and warned readers that persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot Twain Shortly following their reading the novel critics began their arguments as to the quality of the novel Some like Lionel Trillings Introductory to Huckleberry Finn published in 1948 felt that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was one of the worlds great books and one of the central documents of American culture Trilling V On the other hand as there is always an opposing view critics like Jane Smiley who wrote her criticism Say it Aint So Huck in Harpers Magazine in January of 1996 feel that Huckleberry Finn has little to offer in the way of greatness Smiley 62 I agree with Lionel Trilling wholeheartedly In terms of the racial implications and its style and structure The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a great novel that perseveres through the critics misjudgment and prevails as a great piece of American literature Smiley calls The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn racist The character of Jim is said to be pushed to the side of the narrative hiding on the raft and confined to it Smiley 63 while the theme of the story is supposed to be the relationship between Huck and Jim Smiley makes a good point that Huck and Jim dont even consider simply crossing the Mississippi to Illinois a free state Smiley feels that neither Huck nor Twain takes Jims desire for freedom at all seriously Smiley 63 There is never an effort to simply cross the Mississippi into a free state Instead they travel down the Mississippi to the Deep South which is exactly where Jim does not want to head if he is trying to be free The story says that Huck and
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