The basis for these censorship campaigns has been the depiction of one of the e main characters in the novel Jim, a black slave. Jim, is a “typical” black slave who runs away from his “owner” Miss Watson. However, contrary to popular belief, Mark Twain is not prejudice e, and there is an abundance of evidence to substantiate this. As a whole, this book is about free doomed and the quest for freedom. It’s about a slave who breaks the law and risks his life to win his f redeem and be reunited with his family, and a white boy who becomes his friend and helps hi m escape.
On a errors level, the novel certainly appears to be racist, but if the reader were t o delve deeper into the literary classic they would discover that it is so much more. Throughout his life Twain made many comments which dispel theories that h e is racist. Unlike other people of the time, when comparing whites and persons of color, he does not go out of his way to flatter the white people. For example, Twain once commented ” One of my theories is that the hearts of men are about alike, all over the world, whatever their ski incompletion may be” (Salient 1).
In other words, Twain did not believe that blacks and other cool red people were inferior to whites. Rather, he felt that everyone, everywhere, was the same into errantly, regardless of skin tone. Furthermore, he also once claimed “Nearly all black and brown s skins are beautiful, but a beautiful white skin is rare” (Salient 1). Twain thought that personality w sis, the overall underrated people of color were actually better than the highly respected hi test. In fact, this statement probably stemmed from Twain’s knowledge of the poor treatment of black slaves by their white owners.
Despite the harsh supervision they were under, African A Americans, like Jim, till managed to try and make the best out of their situation. Lastly, Twain has been quoted as saying “There are many humorous things in the world; among them is the hi et man’s notion that he is less savage than all the other savages” (Salient 2). This may mean the at Twain finds it laughable that white people try to rationalize their cruelty by comparing to the at of others, when really no cruelty is good cruelty.
Although on the surface Twain may seem like someone who is filled with bigotry and hatred, in reality he was actually an outspoken critic of slavery and racism. In order to most conclusively determine that Mark Twain is not a racist, a read ere must also know the opposing point of view. In the 366 page novel, Twain uses the ” n” word approximately 21 9 times. In today’s world, this is rightfully considered extreme Ely offensive and politically incorrect. However, when this novel was penned, the word was cult aurally appropriate and frequently used.
Twain was not trying discriminate against nonwhites; rat her, he wrote his novel to be as true to life as possible, hurtful words and all. In one scene, for instance Aunt Sally learns of a steamboat explosion. ‘Good gracious! Anybody hurt? ‘ she asks. ‘N mom,’ comes the answer. ‘Killed a n*****. ‘ ‘Well, it’s lucky, because sometimes people do get h rut” (Twain 221 However, Twain did not mean this literally. Here, as in many other place s in the book, Twain is using this colloquial dialogue ironically in order to accentuate the hard SSH reality about Missouri and its southern neighbors.
This was a society in which people did n to consider the death of a colored person to be worth their observance. A slave was consider deed to be nonhuman. Twain’s usage of dialogue which is appropriate for the time period does not n serially mean that he agrees with what is being said. Furthermore, another reason that man y consider the book and its author to be prejudice is because Huckleberry Finn grows up benefit nag from and accepting slavery. Growing up surrounded by slaveholders, this is only natural for the boy.
Nevertheless, as the story continues and time passes, Husk experiences a chaw Eng of heart, not only beginning to realize the wrongs of slavery, but also starting to see Jim for who he really is. As Finn is faced with the difficult decision about whether or not to protect his reined, the title character realizes that he would rather face eternal damnation in the afterlife than have to be responsible for the ultimate betrayal. A publication without any character grog with or internal conflict tends to be poorly received and seen as boring.
If The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was boring, Twain would not have the audience in order to be able to get his message against racism across, however veiled it may be. Therefore, Husk’s personal advance meets are important for a multitude of reasons. Thirdly, another reason that some may feel that the novel’s meaning was one of intolerance is because the first time readers meet Jim, he is described in a negative manner. Readers are under the impression that Jim is an unintelligent NT, childlike, superstitious slave. In actuality, Jim is so much more.
Jim is the moral center o f the book, a man of nobility and valor, who risks not only his freedom, but also his life for the s sake of his friend Husk. He makes the most out of his situation, embracing difficulty as it comes . It is imperative that readers recognize who is telling the story. Huckleberry Finn was a young boy who was eased under the impression that there is nothing wrong with slavery. While H suck himself is not racist, he was raised and surrounded by extreme bigots who have, even if only y unconsciously, implanted their ideals into his mind.
Furthermore, as unfortunate as it may b e, Husk’s description of Jim was probably true to an extent. At this time, slaves in the De pep South were infrequently afforded a formal education and independent thought was not f stored. Through the use of Husk and the other characters in the book, Twain is able to accurately depict slave territories before the Civil War. To claim that Twain’s accurate portrayal of the time period is really racism would be quite the unpleasant mistake. In this book, Twain shall engages racism, he does not apologize for it. ROR to blacklisting a novel it is essential for the reader to realize that the vie was of an author may be different from the views and ideals of his characters, which is what appears to be the case in this work of all too realistic fiction. It is important not to take a liter ray work at face value and to “read between the lines” in order to recognize the hidden theme s and messages within the novel. After an initial rethought of Twain’s book, it may seem that t he was a supporter of slavery, maybe even anti people of color.