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Huckleberry Finn Themes- Racism and Slavery
Transcript of Huckleberry Finn Themes- Racism and Slavery
by Brandon-Ali Smalls Racism and Slavery are two related themes that reoccur in Huckleberry Finn very often. Jim, Ms. Watson's slave, is a very important character to the story. He is subjected to racism by many characters, even Huck himself. Early in the book, on page 5,
Huck says a racist comment about Jim. "Miss Watson's big n*****, named Jim, was setting in the kitchen door;" Here, Huck calls Jim a racist name. Through out the book, Huck treats Jim badly, pranking him and making him feel bad, until they become friends. Huck decides to help Jim escape to the free states and become a free man. To do this, they must overcome many challenges of racism and slavery along the way, including the risk of being cought and sent back to town where Jim will be sold and Huck will go back to his father.