Racial Stereotyping for Twain

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   In the "Adventures of huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain has readers view Afro-Americans as superstitous and lazy. He hadthem being viewed as how they were thought to be or maybe how they were supposed to be and how they were stereotyped. Even though Twain uses the correct perception of how they were viewed, he adds his own twist. Twain has a strategy of doing this. He elaborates the racial stereotype in order to undermine them throughout the story. For example, with Jim, Twain portrays Jim as engaging in superstitous behavior, like all Afro-Americans do, but then contradicts himself by showing Jim as compassionate, shrewd, thoughtful, self-sacrificing, and wise. Throughout the story Twain undermines the stereotype put on Afro-Americans by elaborating on them, and then contradicting himself over and over again.

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