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huck and slavery

             "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." .
             Mark Twain.
             The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain seems too many readers to be a racist book about slavery and the people of that time period. There are racist words used, racist comments, and many prejudices that are shared throughout the novel, but the novel shows that as people get to know each other there racist ideas, and prejudices go away and they find out they have more in common than not.
             Many people that are racist were raised in homes where the parents were racist, and they taught their children to be. This is what happened to Huckleberry Finn. Huck's father Pap shows an example of racism when he objected to the governments granting of suffrage to an educated black professor. Huck's father believed that he was superior to this black professor simply because of the color of his skin. Huck's Father said "They call that a govment that can't sell a free nigger till he's been in the state six months. Here's a govment that calls itself a govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment and yet's got to set stock-still for six whole months before it can take a -hold of a prowling, thieving, infernal white-shirted free nigger, and" (Pap p.27) Even though the professor was smarter then Huck's father, his father would still treat the professor with no respect because he was black. His father felt that the professor couldn't ever be equal to him, even though he was a free man. .
             Huckleberry Finn starts to change his ideas of black people when he meets Jim, a black slave who ran away to the North, where he could purchase his family's freedom. Huck meet Jim on Jackson Island and decides to help Jim. During the story Huck get close to Jim, and Jim becomes like a father to him, and a life long friend.

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