Racism In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was a 19th-Century American author. Many Critics have written about his work and brought up some issues. The most notorious issue that is brought up is racism. One critic believes that Mark Twain, and his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are racist and that “readers who continue to admire Huckleberry Finn do so not because they fail to see its racist implications, but because they find the racism in it laughable and refuse to take it too seriously.”(Mason) [4] Other Critics defend Twain claiming he was “one of the first writers, literary or political, to recognize the ideological nature of racism and the social unfairness that ideology created,” in his “assault on slavery,” that is novel Pudd’nhead Wilson. (Kupersmith) [5] Most others agree that the language and what Twain wrote about was just a product of the time period he was writing in. Racism is an issue that had popped up after Twain had died due to the civil rights movement and during the time he wrote it was common to refer to African Americans using derogatory words and many of them were still slaves, but …show more content…
Critics claim that “the tale is typical of the short narratives that contain much of his best writings.” (Branch) [8] In one of his first works he was able to show the humor and satire that he is renown for. Among the public, the story was also well received and its popularity helped Twain find more work as a writer early in his