In the case of interracial friendship, would male intimacy be a sensitive topic to discuss in relation to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?I am actually doing my thesis on reconstructing the very...

In the case of interracial friendship, would male intimacy be a sensitive topic to discuss in relation to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

I am actually doing my thesis on reconstructing the very definition of bromance.  One of the books I am analyzing is Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  I find the topic of interracial friendship especially when it comes to bromance very "iffy" to people who try to answer.  Either they become hostile or call me something insulting.  I think they misunderstand me.  All I wanted to ask was why was the topic so sensitive.  What makes that particular bromance different to any regular anyway.  And why so defensive... Hope any one of you guys can help out...your answers will be included in my study with your credentials included.

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To be honest, I think the reactions of those with whom you have spoken says more about them than it does about you. Interracial friendship and the topic of male intimacy with its accompanying implication of homoeroticism is something that a number of people unfortunately still find very upsetting or disturbing, in spite of the very different ways in which we think of race today. However, what you must remember is that in literature, whilst it is important to be sensitive to other people, it is possible to argue anything, and close male relationships have been the topic of a number of highly successful thesis statements.

Of course, in this novel, one of the key aspects that shows Huck's development and coming of age is the way that he moves from seeing Jim as just a slave to be tricked and to play pranks on to being a human being in his own right who is to be respected and loved. This is such a key theme in this novel that in Chapter 31 Huck feels he has to choose between his loyalty and friendship with Jim and going to heaven. Huck's strident declaration that he will "go to hell" so that he can remain true to his friendship with Jim is one of the most important moments in the novel in terms of their relationship. Therefore this is an excellent topic to discuss and there is plenty to analyse in the novel. Good luck!

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