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Damon Young
Mrs. Hobgood/ Mrs. Harkins
American Literature
4 may 2011
 Huck Finn with connections
Is the
 Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
Racist or Not? The book 
 Adventures of Huckleberry
 Finn
is not a racist book. The main arguments against it are the characters¶ personalities and the
dialect they used. This book is criticized by Twain critics and on the top ten ban list for school
reading material. If people just concentrated on the main plot of the story, instead of the fine
details that makes the novel realistic, they would agree that the accusation of this novel being
racist is ridiculous. Huck Finn was abused by his father all throughout his childhood.
He lived in constant fear of his surroundings and didn¶t lead an exa
tly normal life. When he
finally decides to get out of his predicament and stages his own death, he meets up with Jim on
Jackson¶s island. As Jim¶s quest for freedom and a better life continues he and Huck become
closer. Huck¶s conscience is leading him to believe different things throughout the novel, like
whether he helping Jim to freedom is the right thing to do. But, in the end Huck realizes he could
never betray his friend, Jim, who has risked his life for Huck and who has become the closest
friend Huck ever had and will ever have. The language is the major argument against this novel.
The use of language is not Mark Twain¶s view point or the way he speaks, but is the way people
actually talked back then in the South. Like when Huck Finn says, ³Miss Watson¶s big nigger,
named Jim.´