Mark Twain-Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain-Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain and His Huck Finn

Huckleberry Finn was inspired by Mark Twain's life from childhood to adulthood. The character Huck Finn was a character inspired by all of his friends combined. Huck's adventures were based on different racial pressures of that time. Twain also grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, as did the characters of this novel.

Part of why Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn is because it was a sequel to his previous work: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. As Twain was writing Huckleberry Finn he realized it was taking an unexpected course. It became a book about a child growing up in a delusional America which is entirely different compared to Tom Sawyer because Tom Sawyer was based off of Twain's life as a child. It came to the point where Huckleberry Finn was not truly a sequel to Tom Sawyer; it was a whole new story in itself. The book exploited the racist actions committed by America.

Mark Twain was a southern style raised man, who grew up in a family that owned slaves. Albeit, Twain was not a southern man for slavery: he was agaisnt it. Twain disliked the concept of buying and selling people and using people to get money for themselves. Granted that Twain did not support slavery, it would mean he supported the abolition of slavery.

The main source of controversy surrounding this novel is how often racial slurs are used by the characters as well as racist ideas posed by the novel. For these same reasons the book has been censored and banned in many places. African Americans tend to find this novel highly offensive, which cause more controversy because it is a widely taught novel in the American school system. Even though the novel does have its faults its it also a very knowledgable novel for it teaches many lessons as well as it exposes American society during the time of slavery.

"I reckon I had better black my face, for in these Eastern states, n***s are considerably better than white people."


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