Huckleberry Finn - Racist Stereotyping?
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This paper discusses the theory that "Huckleberry Finn" has racial connotations, and examines the evidence for and against this belief. The author states that racial slurs throughout the novel, and the portrayal of the main character as an ignorant sidekick to a white man, is the main claim of racism. However, the paper argues, in Mark Twain's time, racial stereotyping was not morally reprehensible as it is today and that, in fact, the novel seems to condemn white prejudice more than advocate it.
From the Paper:"The racial issues that arise in Twain's representation of Jim may cause discomfort in African-Americans but can cause equal discomfort in other races, including white readers. But when discomfort becomes a reason to neglect, or even abolish, a book from a teaching curriculum, then the discomfort itself is obviously a topic that needs airing and discussion in a critical, thinking environment."
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