Petersburg, Missouri… 1888 Words 8 Pages The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Literary Analysis The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has been banned from many schools and public libraries due to the use of racial slurs. This recognition of Jim's humanity is an important step in Huck's evolution and his disavowal of racist ideas. Representative of the slow-to-change South? This emotional abuse on Pap's part might account for Huck's discomfort in social situations and his inability to focus in school. I do not suggest that it is his only book of permanent interest;… 923 Words 4 Pages It is late into the night as I set down to pen this written rambling of thought, a major piece of literary confusion plaguing my mind something most fierce that I cannot even lay my head down to rest peacefully lest this situation be resolved. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being--that is enough for me; he can't be any. Although there are still several discernable traces of overt racism in the novel by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the author uses characterization to convey an anti-slavery message. The way that Huck is speaking to Jim and the way that he thinks he knows more than him reflects the way that Tom treats Huck.
In Chapter sixteen, we see, perhaps, the most inhumane action of society. Twain was so taken with the character that he continued to write about him. Each chapter introduces new characters and adventures that highlight particular prejudices or follies. Keep in mind that Buck, though young and childish, has nevertheless grown up in a state of extreme privilege and has never really had to fend for himself. He's unintentionally progressive in this way. Tom again shows how influenced he is by literature, but he takes it to the extreme—his desire to act out the fantasies he reads about borders on obsessive. Huck's commitment to helping Jim has changed significantly.
A slave, such as Jim, could be the nicest, most caring person you have ever met, but since he is a slave he is presumed incapable of such things. Huck characterizes Jim as an exception to other African Americans, who Huck still views as lesser than whites. In emphasizing our faults, Twain ultimately leads us to the conclusion that people need to question what they accept without thinking. Niles Kendrick The afterlife, in accordance to the underworld, includes manifold mythological characters and symbols in the form of the river Styx, Cerberus, Charon, and Hades itself. The people get inflamed with the spirit of repentance, and in the middle of all their crying and yelling, the King jumps up onto the stage. First, the water which in most works of literature, in a basic sense, symbolizes rebirth does bring our Huck and Jim away from their prisons and towards a planned freedom. He's a gentle, childlike slave who's totally loyal to his white masters.
Twain did not believe slavery was right; and so of course, he thinks what Huck Finn did—tearing up the note—is the right action, and not a sin. Twain pushes the reader to compare Tom and Jim to ultimately point out that while they are very different in character, they share a few very human similarities. The youngest son, Buck, is near to Huck's age and they soon become good friends. This would seem out of character for a teenage boy who's had a hard life and has been taken in by a widow, but is actually a way for Twain to develop and deepen his character. This is all to say that Huck is comparing the King to Noah, who was considered a wise and great man for building the ark.
The Grangerfords offer him a place in their home and he agrees to stay. Tom reveals that he knew all along that Miss Watson had freed Jim in her will. Throughout these chapters, Huck consistently assumes different characters and roles in order to survive and to protect Jim. Huck won't be able to keep track of his lies in this scene, but the way that he lies and the confidence with which he fishes for information in this scene tells us that he's a clever, resourceful, somewhat arrogant kid whose antics will get him into trouble. It also shows how the king feels about people, and why he is able to con and fraud people out of their money. He is of no importance. Yet later in the novel Huck feels that he needs to renounce that religion to be friends with Jim.
While it is easy to cast Huckleberry Finn off as a child's novel with no deeper meaning, Huckleberry Finn is a symbolic novel particularly in reference to the land and the river because the river is symbolic of peace, freedom, and friendship, the land symbolizes sorrow and captivity, together they symbolize a journey into manhood. One could liken this to a modern day evangelical megachurch where one charismatic preacher leads a community in prayer, usually from a stage or concert hall in place of a tent. This includes both racial prejudice, and class prejudice. Huck draws an indirect comparison between Jim and Tom, implying that he prefers Tom's adventurous, carefree attitude to Jim's boring, careful one. Huck isn't interested in taking a stand against slavery. At the Grangerfords, he pretends to be an orphan, to the slave-hunters he pretends to be an innocent boy living with a sick family, and to the Duke and Dauphin, he pretends to be an orphan traveling with his only slave. .
Huck implies that Jim would never be able to learn to argue as well as Huck because he is not white. It would be like trying to psychoanalyze your family pet—or not even, since that's apparently. It has also led many to believe that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn illustrates to the reader that rugged individualism is as important an American belief as freedom for all. Not only is this racist in itself, but it is also an incredibly low amount for what Tom has put Jim through. It would appear, from this line, that Huck is attempting to find a new home in the wilderness, and that, even if he doesn't intend to stay on this island, he's going to spend as much of his life as possible in nature.
One can easily imagine the Colonel and his wife nodding their heads ever so slightly at their children, not in deference but in expectation, as Tom and Bob go through the motions of pleasing them. Jim is recounting to Huck the time that he beat his daughter, Elizabeth, for not following his order to shut the door. Slavery dehumanizes people in many ways, most notably by working them to death like animals and by stripping them of all interiority and complexity, making them seem incapable of having relationships or experiencing human emotions. Huck is disgusted by this, and while he still has a long way to go, he has grown enough to feel the ugliness of this act. Undoubtedly, The Adventures of is highly significant due to its deep exploration of issues surrounding racism and morality, and continues to provide controversy and debate to this day, evidencing the continued relevance of these concepts. Said by Huck after Tom actually has a kind of normal idea about saving Jim; using case-knives instead of picks. The Grangerfords children are thus characterized as part of a tight-knit family with reasons for staying together that we'll soon learn.