Jim and the millions of other slaves in the South were not permitted any formal education, were never allowed any independent thought and were constantly maltreated and abused.
The basis for these censorship campaigns has been the depiction of one of the main characters in Huckleberry Finn, Jim, a black slave.
In chapter 15 the reader is presented with a very caring and father-like Jim who becomes very worried when he loses his best friend Huck in a deep fog. Though Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn after the abolition of slavery in the United States, the novel itself is set before the Civil War, when slavery was still legal and the economic foundation of the American South.
Although Huck is not a racist child, he has been raised by extremely racist individuals who have, even if only subconsciously, ingrained some feelings of bigotry into his mind.
In some extreme cases the novel has even been banned by public school systems and censored by public libraries. Twain brings out into the open the ugliness of society and causes the reader to challenge the original description of Jim.
Jim, is a "typical" black slave who runs away from his "owner" Miss Watson. The first time the reader meets Jim he is given a very negative description of Jim. In Chapter 15 the reader is told of an incident which contradicts the original "childlike" description of Jim.
When Huck first meets Jim on the Island he makes a monumental decision, not to turn Jim in. The reader is told that Jim is illiterate, childlike, not very bright and extremely superstitious.
The racist and hateful contempt which existed at the time is at many times present. Twain is pointing out the connection which has been made between Huck and Jim. While slaveholders profit from slavery, the slaves themselves are oppressed, exploited, and physically and mentally abused.
Twain wants the reader to see the absurdity in this statement. To say that Twain is racist because of his desire for historical accuracy is absurd.
Twain is merely portraying by way of Jim, a very realistic slave raised in the South during that time period. At the beginning of the novel, Huck himself buys into racial stereotypes, and even reprimands himself for not turning Jim in for running away, given that he has a societal and legal obligation to do so.
How often theme appears: Jim proves himself to be a better man than most other people Huck meets in his travels. It is also important not to take a novel at face value and to "read between the lines" in order to capture the underlying themes of a novel.
However, it is important not to lose sight of who is giving this description and of whom it is being given. On a superficial level Huckleberry Finn might appear to be racist.
A connection which does not exist between a man and his property. However, he is never able to see a reason why this man who has become one of his only friends, should be a slave. In his subtle manner, he creates not an apology for slavery but a challenge to it.
If one were to do this in relation to Huckleberry Finn, one would, without doubt, realize that it is not racist and is even anti-slavery. However, as Huck comes to know Jim and befriend him, he realizes that he and Jim alike are human beings who love and hurt, who can be wise or foolish.
It is also important to remember that this description, although it is quite saddening, was probably accurate. Society and Hypocrisy Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
In this way, slaveholders and racist whites harm blacks, but they also do moral harm to themselves, by viciously misunderstanding what it is to be human, and all for the sake of profit. Jim is inhumanely ripped away from his wife and children.
He is confronted by two opposing forces, the force of society and the force of friendship. However, white slaveholders rationalize the oppression, exploitation, and abuse of black slaves by ridiculously assuring themselves of a racist stereotype, that black people are mentally inferior to white people, more animal than human.Literary analysis: Controversial themes in Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain portrays how Southern society accepts, unquestioningly the principle of slavery.
Through the character of Huck and his internal debates, we see that racism still plays its part in the overall plot. As we can see. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel written by Mark Twain, is an important literary work because of it's use of satire.
It is a story written about a boy, Huck, in search of freedom and adventure. In this lesson, we will explore the theme of racism in Mark Twain's classic novel ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' through discussion, analysis, and summary.
Religion in The Adventures. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in The text mainly deals with Huckleberry Finn and Jim's river trip. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an example of a form of realism known as regionalism.
American regionalism’s focus on “local color” builds on traditional realism’s interest in the accurate representation of the “real” world, using close sociological observation to render reality in even higher resolution. (Although, to be fair, Twain is al Tone Twain's has a point to make and he's going to get it across, with the story's plot line as well as through Huck's explanation of his inner thoughts.Download