Huckleberry Finn - A Racist Novel?
There is a major argument among literary critics whether
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is or is not a racist novel. The
question boils down to the depiction of Jim, the black slave, and to
the way he is treated by Huck and other characters. The use of the
word "nigger" is also a point raised by some critics, who feel that
Twain uses the word too much and
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accurate book, as he did, then the inclusion of this word is totally
These claims that Huckleberry Finn is racist are not simply
attempts to damage the image of a great novel. They come from people
who are hurt by racism and don't like seeing it in any context.
However, they must realize that this novel and its author are not
racist, and the purpose of the story is to prove black equality.