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Racism and The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
2004 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay deals with the issue of racism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. There have been discussions in American schools about banning the novel from the curriculum, because of its supposedly racist content. However, in this essay, I try to show by using different examples and explanations, taken from the novel, that the novel should not be considered racist, but the contrary. The racist words, which are common in the novel, are merely used because it was the common language of the time that the story is set in. Also, Twain is using irony numerous times throughout the novel, in order to describe his anti-racist views. Therefore, it is important to read the novel thoroughly and critically, in order not to miss the irony. Furthermore, the black slave Jim, who is the subject of the supposed Racism in the book, should not be read as a dumb slave, but an able man who adapts to the racist world he lives in, in order to survive. Throughout the novel, we can also see a change in the main character Huck, who changes from being a racist boy, to a boy who learns how to care for and respect Jim by seeing the man that Jim is, instead of judging him by the colour of his skin.

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2004. , 16 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53776Local ID: ENG C-17OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53776DiVA: diva2:1102336
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English
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