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Why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not a racist novel

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Transcript of Why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not a racist novel

Source Cited:
1.Marsh, Patricia L. "'Huckleberry Finn': An Excellent Tool In Fighting Racism." Hartford Courant. The Courant, 29 Dec. 2007. Web. 18 Sept. 2013.

2.Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999. Print.

3.Dawkins, Marcia A. "Marcia Alesan Dawkins: 10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in ‘Huck Finn’ -Truthdig." Truthdig Main News. 7 Jan. 2007. Truthdig. 19 Sept. 2013 <http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/huck_finn_dawkins_20110106/>.
Quote 2:
"He was saying how the first thing he would do when he got to a free state he would go to saving up money and never spend a single cent, and when he got enough he would buy his wife, which was owned by a farm close to where Miss Watson lived; and then they would both work to buy the 2 children and if their master wouldn't sell them, they'd get an Ab'litionist to go and steal them.(Source 2,page 152)"
Quote 3:
"Don't be no rougher on him than your obleeged to, because he aint a bad n****r...I couldn't do anything at all with him; so I says , I got to have help, somehow; and the minutes i says it, out crawls this n*****r from somewheres, and says he'll help and he done it too, and done it very well. Of course I judged he must be a runawy ni***er, and there I was!... I never see a n***er that was a better nuss or faithfuller, and yet he was rsking his freedom to do it.(Source2, page 492)"
Why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not a racist novel!
By: Colleen Morrow and Mary Siskaninetz
Meaning:
Loyalty
Jim is to Huck, and Huck is to Jim
Friendship
Fighting for Equality
Guilt
Background for the Quote:
Jim was worried about Huck ,and he was afraid that Huck was dead.
Jim thinks that Huck is taking him for granted.
even though Jim does some strange things.
JIm also thought that Huck was making fun of him for interpreting things.
Quote 1:
"It made me feel something I could almost kiss my foot to get him to tackle it back. It was 15 minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a n***er; but I done it, and I warn't even sorry for it afterward, neither. I didnt do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way.(Source 2,page 148)"
Background:
Floating on their raft to Cairo
really close to freedom
cant wait to make his dreams come true.
Jim cannot wait to be free
Meaning:
Jim's a family man
Freedom
Escaping slavery
Abolition movement
How does this make Jim good?
hes not being selfish and wants to go back into the south and recapture and buy back his family
how is that not good?!
Racism: What is it, really?
The Merriam-Webster English Dictionary describes Racism as:
the poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race

the belief that some races of people are better than others

What does that mean to us, and to you?

The answer is simple.
It's the basis of an argument that has, sadly enough, stood the test of time.

Mark Twain is not, and never was, a racist.
And we're here to prove it.
Meaning:
he risked his freedom for Tom
even after torturing him a bit
but it was all in good humor and being adventurous
he helped Tom after all that
not all the people in this book are about lynching and killing runaway slaves(the doctor)
Get your facts straight then you can distort them as much as you please."
- Mark Twain
Get your facts straight; He's not racist!!! Seriously.
"Twain uses the language he uses - to ensure the realism of the story and to portray the times as they were. Furthermore, the story opens with the slave, Jim, being portrayed and seen by Huck as a foolish, superstitious person who appears childish and unintelligent. Students quickly ascertain that this is an unfair portrayal. Yes, Jim is uneducated (law prohibited slaves from learning to read and write). However, while a large number of the white people in the story are characterized as morally vacant, Jim becomes a role model for Huck who has fled from an abusive, alcoholic father. Huck has been taught by society that slavery is right and to help a slave escape is wrong. Twain reveals the strong integrity of Jim to Huck, who begins to question the racist thinking of society. He ultimately decides that it is wrong.(Source 1, page 1)"
Quote 4:
Meaning:
the language that Twain uses because it was used during the time period.
go to support quote
Jim becomes a role model for Huck, and basically replaces his worthless father.
Twain thinks slavery is wrong.
support quote:
"It’s Mark Twain. You know, the guy who said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” If he had wanted other words used, he would’ve used them.(page 1, Source 3)
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