Race Relations With Huck Finn

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Race Relations With Huck Finn


Famous writers come and go every year. How do these writers become famous? Humans are
fascinated with real life situations, tagged in with fictional story line. Mark Twain's
novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, describes real life situations, in a fictional
story line perfectly. Twain put the real life happenings of slavery, in a fun and
fictional story. The novel is mainly about the racial relations between each human.
Classes of society, loyalty/friendship, and rebellion shows how the novel evolves into a
main theme of Race Relations.


Through out the history of the world, people have been placed into categories based on
their wealth, and all of the worldly possessions that we have. These classes of society
can really make people talk, and act differently towards some people. In The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn, the novel shows these classes really well. In the beginning of the
novel, we see a little bit of the black class, and how they were treated. 'Miss. Watson's
big nigger, named Jim, was setting in the kitchen door, we could see him pretty clear';
(14). Jim, Miss. Watson's run away slave in the story, is part of the black class. We see
the sub ordinance that blacks were placed in America, because blacks were not allowed to
be in the house, because they were uneducated, and had to be working in the fields.


Another example of the classes we put each other into is when Huck, the main character,
and Jim were heading south. Jim and Huck are sitting on the banks of the Mississippi
River, and Jim says 'I owns myself en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars.'; (54). This shows
the reader that blacks are so low, that the white people place prices on the blacks. As
uneducated as the blacks are, they believe they are worth so much money, because that is
all they hear from their owners. By doing such a thing to another human being, that
degrades our country, and the black citizens themselves.


At the end, we see how these classes can effect one person, due to his social status. Like
before, people say things to other people, to make themselves feel better, and they do not
care what it does to the person they are talking about, because of their class in society.
One example of this is when 'They cussed Jim considerably, though, and give him a cuff or
two upside the head'; (271). This shows how people can be when one group thinks that he is
better than another group. These classes of society can show the relations between races.
In this case, the whites thought they were better, and so, they would not allow blacks to
be in the house, make them feel like objects, and not human beings and greatly persecuted
and abused the blacks.


Another point that is with the main theme of race relations is loyalty/friendship. Huck
shows this by being with Jim in the beginning, and shows some trust in Jim. The beginning
of this friendship is seen when Huck goes to Jim with a problem with his Father coming
back, and Jim says ' sometimes he spec he'll go 'way, en den ag'in he spec he'll stay';
(26). That response from Jim really shows the reader that he cares about Huck, and he
understands what Huck is saying. Like any relationship, it has to have an open, honest and
submit caring feelings for one another. Jim proves that he cares by helping Huck, and
telling the truth, even when it hurts.


Later on in the novel, Jim and Huck are going down the river, and Huck is continuously
faced with the same problem. Huck does not know whether to turn Jim in or not. When a
problem comes up, people can see how loyal or how much your friendship means to somebody
when a problem occurs frequently. Huck says to himself 's'pose you'd a' done right and
give Jim up? Would you felt better than what you do now? No, I'd feel bad-I'd feel just
the same way I do now'; (94). With that decision by Huck, that shows two people the same
thing. This shows both Jim and the reader that Jim is too good of a friend to be back
stabbed. With that decision, Huck proves his loyalty to Jim, no matter if he is black or
white.


Finally, at the end of the novel, we find out how much Huck appreciated Jim's good
attitude through the whole adventure of going to New Orleans. When 'Tom give Jim forty
dollars for being prisoner for us so patient….'; (278), shows that Tom and Huck were
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