The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Discuss racist and anti-racist elements in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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This is an absolutely crucial question to understanding this excellent novel. It is important to remember the context of slavery and racism that the novel is set in. To refer to a black person by the extremely derogatory term "ni****" was considered completely normal in those days. This fact should not obscure how, through the novel, Huck becomes gradually more and more aware of how Jim is a person in his own right, leading to his final decision to "go to hell" as he puts it, and work towards setting Jim free against the norms and values of his society:

It was a close place. I took it up, and held it...

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