The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is about a boy who must help a slave reach freedom, even if it goes against all that he has been taught. The main character, Huckleberry is quite a young boy, white in complexion and a feisty son-of-a-gun. He is the type that is not afraid to get his hands dirty, nor ashamed to be covered in mud or other such foul substances. Huck is an adventurous boy to say the least, and although he does grow up with well-mannered people, there is not a speck of well-manneredness that has washed onto him. Which is just fine and dandy to Huck, as he would rather be comfortable than be civilized. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a true masterpiece. By capturing the dialogue of the time period, Twain pulls the reader into his tale, spinning back the years, and making an enjoyable story that is sure to be taken from the shelf and read again. A satire at its best, Mart Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, brings together people from all walks of life. It melds together pieces of culture, and makes a stand against racial diversity. He uses many forms of subtle idiocracies which provide both anti-racist views, the idea of forgiveness, and working together. A racist novel it is not, for it laughs at racism with a booming chuckle, and urges the bindings of friendship no matter what the skin color. This novel should never be eliminated from schools or libraries, as the messages attempt to pull the world back together, it is a true classic which will hopefully be read in decades to come.
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Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn for a purpose. It is to make fun of racism through satirical messages and ridiculously stereotypical characters. Like George Orwell’s Animal Farm, it was written in hopes of bringing about change. This is magnificently successful as Twain incorporates morals, realization, renewal, forgiveness and most of all friendship into his story. These five themes are demonstrated multiple times throughout the tale, each with great effect against racism. Huck’s constant battle with himself is a strong anti racist statement. He must choose which of his feelings are right, his mind and what he has been taught, or his heart and his feelings. He finally comes to a decision, and chooses his feelings over his past experiences. “All right, then, I’ll go to hell. I might as well go the whole hog.” His decision to help Jim escape to freedom shows that Huck begins to grow morally through the book, that he can change his ways in order to help someone of need. It is a person versus self battle, one which changes Huck in a way that he does not see coming. Realization also incorporates this story, and is shown through the eyes of Huck, towards Jim. When Jim first appears, it is clearly evident that he is portrayed as a fool and stereotypical black man, an uneducated person of color who is unable to see the truth in matters. As the story develops, Jim does along with it. When Jim and Huck find each other on Jackson Island, Jim displays true emotions. Jim has risked everything in order to be a free man, unoccupied by slavery or oppression. His subtle molding into a more human character progresses throughout the book. Because this is seen through Huck’s eyes, it is also a strong anti racist statement; although Huck has been grown to believe blacks are inferior, he is able to notice the amount of emotion and courage that Jim is expressing.
Both a sense of renewal and forgiveness are incorporated into the pages of Huckleberry Finn. They provide a piece to a greater human truth, which without these two necessary themes, there would never be any change in the world. This is shown tremendously well, through the actions of Miss Watson. She sets aside all prejudice feelings and moves on with her life (well an afterlife anyhow); she exemplifies not only forgiveness, but renewal. The guilt of her selling Jim down the river is too great, and by some miraculous happening, she frees him. Ole Miss Watson died two months ago, and she was ashamed she ever was going to sell him down the river, and said so; and she set him free in her will. This brings the cement and bricks together, by showing that even though someone as racially hating and prejudice as Miss Watson may indeed develop into a better person. As with Miss Watson, poor old Huck Finn also receives his does of caring. After becoming separated by a peninsula, Huck is left all alone. Despite calling to each other, Huck is unable to find Jim. He begins his search, and eventually discovers Jim back at the raft. He pretends that he has been there the entire time, and that Jim is in fact stupid.
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No matter what, Jim is absolutely thrilled to see Huck still alive, “En when I wake up and fine you back ag’in, all safe en soun’, de tears come, en I could agot down on my knees en kiss yo’ foot, I’s so thankful. This puts quite a thud on Huck’s heart. Jim’s reaction makes Huck realize that perhaps, he should not have treated him in such a poor manner, that maybe, Jim does care about him. This is a notion that Huck realizes, he and Jim are equals. Equality though integrity. This is the foundation of Huck and Jim’s friendship, which grows greater and greater as the story progresses. Huck and Jim share experiences which bring them closer together, they are dependant upon each other for survival, even though they don’t realize it. The individual growth, and their feelings and actions toward each other shows how blacks are not inferior, but as equal as any man. He grows with moral fiber, as he realizes that friendship does not run skin deep, and that the most important things in life must be met through rebellious nature.
While some may decide that Huckleberry Finn is not suitable for schools or libraries, it is quite clear that with good listening, and an open mind, on e would find that this story is in fact a masterpiece. It incorporates all the essences of wonderful writing, with a twist of old-style dialogue. It is a classic novel, which will hopefully stand the tales of time, and be remembered as book which changed history.