Particularly if the teacher is Euro-American, it is important that minority students know that their teacher is aware of their position. This story takes place at a time where slavery was considered moral. Mark Twain has an accepting attitude towards racism in his book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck tells us that the widow instructs him to 'help others, and do everything could for other people…' Sadly, though, these same devout women who preach the importance of loving one another also participate in the cruel enslavement of an entire race, showing the reader their true characters. ¹ 203 Some of the scholars are even critical of Huck¹s reasoning when he decides to ³go to hell² for Jim.
The issues require a sensitivity and intellectual maturity from students that is not ordinary found below the eleventh grade. Some of the whites snickered, others giggled. Do you think Twain provides subtle agency for Jim by pairing him with Huck, a character of a similar socio-economic and societal background? Throwing caution to the winds Turner and his group of rebelling slaves would arrive at one plantation after another, slaughter the white families and be joined by many of the slaves before moving on. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy. Above all, Jim is a far stronger character. Although a local doctor admires Jim's decency, he has Jim arrested in his sleep and returned to the Phelps.
Whether Huck is trying to act like Tom in this incident or actually meaning what he says is not known. When asked by a Brooklyn librarian about the situation, Twain sardonically replied: I am greatly troubled by what you say. The characterization of Jim is a string of inconsistencies. The Reconstruction period that followed gave African-Americans lawful rights, the ability to vote, and stand for political office. In the faces of these children of the revolution, Huck met the group that was to become his most persistent and formidable foe.
Instead, he proposes the lengthy chore of digging Jim out, which will take about. Throughout the novel, Huck travels with Jim although he never has a plan to free him. The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Chestnutt. Jim is inhumanely ripped away from his wife and children. She represents a similar vastness of heretofore unexamined experience, a whole layer of time and existence in American life and literature. Though these qualms are legitimate and are partly supported by the Penn State study, other studies charged with the task of determining whether Huckleberry Finn causes, furthers, or ameliorates poor selfconcept, racial shame, or negative racial stereotyping indicate that the novel's influence on a majority of students is positive. From the very beginning of Huck's story, Huck without… 723 Words 3 Pages Huck Finn Racism The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a Mark Twain classic, wonderfully demonstrates pre-Civil War attitudes about blacks held by whites.
Selling Huck Finn Down the River: A Response to Jane Smiley. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. The only reason Huck would be potentially more viable in society is his race, especially after turning over his found fortune to the Judge before embarking on the journey with Jim. In this way, slaveholders and racist whites harm blacks, but they also do moral harm to themselves, by viciously misunderstanding what it is to be human, and all for the sake of profit. Slavery is shown as a despicable, social injustice. Brent is a sophisticated thinker and fine writer. However, critics who read the novel and misunderstand the importance of the ending miscomprehend the reality of slavery and the historical period in which Twain set his book.
Though there has been copious criticism of the Jim who shuffles his way across the pages of Huckleberry Finn's opening chapters, the Jim who darkens the closing chapters of the novel elicits even more and more universally agreedupon disapprobation. The younger man, who is about thirty, introduces himself as the long-lost son of an English the. One… 1082 Words 5 Pages Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The fact that the novel is regarded as a classic tells us much about the psyche of the white American male, because the novel is a power evocation of puer, the eternal boy for whom growth, maturity, and responsibility are enemies. He has no need for the exaggeration. The arrival of two new men who seem to be the real brothers throws everything into confusion, so that the townspeople decide to dig up the coffin in order to determine which are the true brothers, but, with everyone else distracted, Huck leaves for the raft, hoping to never see the duke and king again.
It treats them as objects and perpetuates stereotypes. This realistic depiction of the relationships between Whites and Blacks at the time is harsh, but it is an accurate representation of history. Negroes do not like it in any book or play whatsoever, be the book or play ever so sympathetic in its treatment of the basic problems of the race. Kemble produced another set of illustrations for Harper's and the American Publishing Company in 1898 and 1899 after Twain lost the copyright. White people may want to believe such fairy tales about themselves, but blacks know better² 203.
He risks his life on the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave, so he can be free. Aunt Sally shows good morals throughout the book. Mark Twain wrote a controversial book about slavery and racism, called The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. . There is so much to this novel that is inherently necessary for the education of understanding ourselves in Western Society and Culture.
The interaction that takes place between the two races highlights the stereotypes and racism that still continue 20 years after slavery. There have been several more recent cases involving protests for the banning of the novel. Minority students can be told that when they write or participate in discussion that they can choose to either speak ³just as person² or, if they choose to, identify their viewpoint with that of other African Americans. In some extreme cases the novel has even been banned by public school systems and censored by public libraries. For associating with Huckleberry Finn, Tom was whipped by the schoolmaster and ordered to sit on the girl. As seen by the look on Huck's face, Jim has earned some respect from the boy because of his actions and kindness.
Even though Huck spends countless weeks with Jim, he is still undecided on the issue of whether helping Jim is the right thing to do. Old Finn's penultimate comment probably relates better to Twain's time than any other. It also provides some background for why Huck faces a moral dilemma over helping to free a slave. It is relatively easy for white teachers to argue for the importance of multicultural perspectives and racial understanding, while teachers of color, black or otherwise, attempting the same pedagogy may be perceived as ³hypersensitive,² ³activist,² or be accused of ³reverse racism. And what do you think? But I completely agree with you that throughout the narrative Jim is humanized more and more as Huck begins to see him as an equal. Characters in the story easily accuse the slaves of being wrongdoers or stupid… 951 Words 4 Pages Bouchey Eng. The basis for this censorship is the argument that Mark Twain's book is racist, but in reality Twain was against racism and used this book to make people aware of what was going on in the south.