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Commentary on Huckleberry Finn Essay


As the great Ernest Hemingway once said, All modern American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. I agree entirely with this quote because Twain was the first author to really talk about big issues such as slavery and racism. Twain wanted people to know how our moral thoughts help us be who we are. In the book Huck has to choose between being racist and superior to black slaves, as his father was, or chose to become friends with Jim, a black runaway slave, and help him out along the way.

In the beginning of this book Huck meets Jim, a runaway slave of Miss Watson. Jim has run away because he overheard Miss Watson planning on separating him from his family and sell him. Huck, who is supposed to be dead, decides to not tell on Jim and become friends with him and help him go north to be free. This shows how Huck doesnt mind Jim being black and decides to help him to become free.

As they venture up north they run into trouble and Jim gets caught. Huck began to write a letter to Miss Watson explaining what has happen and then he decides to rip it up and help Jim escape. This shows how their friendship has grown and how Huck is willing to put his life on the line to help out a black slave.

Huck has now decided to go threw with the plan to free Jim. Huck doesnt mind that he will be in great danger because he promised Jim that he would help him become free and didnt care what happen. During the book Jim and Huck have became close event though their skin color is different.

Throughout this story Huck has made tough moral decisions on racism and slavery. He has gone against what most southerners would have done just to help free one slave. Twain was setting an example for generations to come to talk about those tough issues. So I guess Ernest Hemingway was right when he said Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn is in all modern American Literature because all the literature talks about at least one big issue that has happen to America or that is going on right now.

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