Huck, JIm, and American Racial Discourse

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"It is troubling, therefore, that so many readers have completely misunderstood Twain's subtle attack on racism" (Smith 359)

I agree wholeheartedly with Smith.  So many people superficially dismiss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as racsist without really taking a close look.  I remeber reading somewhere that someone petitioned that this book should be banned in high schools because the word "nigger" appears x amount of times in x amount of pages; obviously they did not read or at the very least, read carefully.  Yes, the word "nigger"is used with a great deal of frequency but that is only on the surface.  Throughout the novel such disgusting racsist things are said but they are not however glorified, nor are they condemned (if twain had done so he would have sacrificed the wonderful subtlty of his novel and lets face it it would just have been weak storytelling).  Rather we see young Huck gradually, through his own experiences, rather than through reading a few books (cough-Tom-cough) he is able to see through the narrowmindedness that was so common for the time and see Jim as a human being capable of love, intelligence, and compassion. 

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