Racism In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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A person’s looks can not determine how they feel about a certain race of people. Some of the nicest looking peoples harbor deep feelings of hatred towards races other than their own. Characters like Aunt sally, Uncle Earl, and Miss Watson all seem like very nice people, but they all accept and participate in, whether they realize it or not, racism. Almost all of the characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain seem to have pre-conceived ideas towards blacks, and the author does not seem to have any trouble writing the words of their pre-conceived thoughts or ideas. Mark Twain has an accepting attitude towards racism in his book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Characters in the story easily accuse the slaves of being wrongdoers or stupid. The king asks the duke if he thinks “a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it” (177). Obviously, the king feels that he can not trust blacks. He also implies that all blacks are thieves and will take anything that they can get their hands on. Another example of some of the characters’ hateful assumptions towards the behaviour of blacks is when the townspeople accuse Jim of killing Huck. The woman Huck met while he was disguised as a girl said that “he [Jim] hadn’t ben seen since ten o’clock the night the murder was done. So then they put it on him” (57). Although they have no proof that Jim committed the murder, they automatically blame him for the murder of Huck. I think they are trying to use Huck’s murder as an excuse to go after Jim because he is a black runaway slave.

The characters also do not care if blacks are abused or hurt. In fact, they find pride in hurting blacks. Mrs. Hotchkins brags to Aunt Sally that she’d “skin every last nigger on this place” (279). She is proud that she can say that she will do harm to or demean a black slave. She has no sympathy for the feelings of slaves or for the physical pain that they suffer from. Although Aunt Sally isn’t rude like Mrs. Hotchkins, she shows some of the same feelings of acceptation towards racism. When Huck arrives at her house, she asks...

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