The Theme of Slavery in Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" Book Review by Nicky

The Theme of Slavery in Twain's "Huckleberry Finn"
Looks at the controversy over slavery, which Mark Twain underscored in his 1885 American classic novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
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Published on Feb 27, 2011 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights)

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This paper explains that, although slavery was abolished twenty years before Mark Twain wrote "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", the struggle against the discrimination of blacks remained unchanged until the Civil Rights movement. Next, the author relates Twain's portrayal of slavery in the novel, which permitted him to stress the hypocrisy of the condition of the African-American in 1885 without directly attacking his reading public. The paper concludes that Twain's use of slavery in novel also is a metaphor for society, which emphasizes that caring for each other is its most important responsibility.

From the Paper:

"Twain also makes many broader statements about humanity in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". The book is full of many characters who take advantage of others, like the Duke and the King, people who hate and fight senselessly, like the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons, and even honorable seeming men like Colonel Sherburn, who despite an eloquent speech about honor and the common man's cowardice shot and killed a defenseless drunk. Huck has a major epiphany when he sees the Duke and King, who have betrayed Huck and everyone else they met, tarred and feathered."

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