Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Blog Post Part 2.

Twain did not simply just only expressed the enjoyable adventures of children and sympathy to one another as a best friend, by “do everything he could think of,”(262 OLD) but also criticized the nature of human’s cruelty of the racism.

While having an adventure with Jim, Huck Finn, other than what people thought at that time, he realizes that all people is equal and should be treated equally. Being so, even though getting “betwixt two things,”(262 OLD) he “got to decide” (262 OLD) that he has to help Jim, who “do everything he could think of for me” (262 OLD) and was “good always he was,” (262 OLD) thinking he “was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world.” (262 OLD)

At that time, American society was confronting sharply between the people who support slavery and people who does not. African-American, who were the unfortunate lowest class of the American society was not a human but a beast or a object.

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Young slaves were supposed to suffer by harsh labor and cruel whipping, and sold to other place and underwent tearing apart with their family. As so, like Jim, there were many young slaves attempting to escape. However, it was not easy.  When they failed to escape and caught they got whipped harshly and even got killed. Even though they succeed for escape, because they were not educated, they became a loafer in the city.

20151217_175348 Adults also taught that if we help slaves to escape, “I come to being lost and going to hell.” (261 OLD). However, Huck decides. “I’ll go to hell-and tore it up.” (262 OLD). He decided to follow conscience by feeling “good and all washed clean of sin.” (261 OLD). And finally makes Jim to escape.

First Intensives Assignment-Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chpt. 1-20

This novel is taking place when slavery was still legal and the main economic foundation, especially in South part of America. Those African-Americans were a private-owned property and were physically and mentally abused, exploited, etc. Main character is Huck and his friend Jim, is a “nigger” serves as the role of the slavery at that time, and uneducated. As same as other African-Americans at that time, Jim was also treated inhumanely.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which at least assume so, it could be belong to picaresque novel, which makes us explore the gloomy shadow of society, indirectly. With irony and humor, he excessively satire the racism issues, which are the most serious and intense social problem in America, in a same time, the courage of building the foundation of American culture by wit, the characteristic emotion of America, coincide with the frontier that making an African-American as a companion and it’s alter ego and using an African-American vernacular on literature.

However, when reading the first part of this book, opposed to the first impression of this novel, the things that were already confusing was that Twain, who was close to the African-Americans personally, was mocking African-Americans by using ridiculous scoffing way of speaking, when he was describing them. However, by reading through, it was realized and brought an attention to that Twain breaks the prejudice and misunderstanding of African-Americans satirically, by exaggerating those ludicrously, in order to express how general common idea toward African-Americans does not make sense. For example, in the first part of book, when Jim was saying and spreading the word about the fact that he saw a ghost and making Jim as a heroic character by every African-Americans near him and even farther from him, coming and listening to him carefully. The scene described in here is unreliable and does not make sense at all. Which means Twain implied an irony to the nonsensically exaggerated description. However, when we view this scene egocentrically and visually, this scene could be seen as Twain ridiculing African-American. Like this, Twain had described and point out exactly about what African-Americans are walking their own way with nonsense and ridiculous prejudices and how society should treat them.

Work cited/References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States

Norton Anthology Volume C OLD, p. 130-213