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Themes of Prejudice and Racism in Huckleberry Finn

Themes of Prejudice and Racism in Huckleberry Finn

Have you ever read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” If you have then I am sure you noticed that there are many examples of prejudice in the book. I am going to tell about a few examples of prejudice that I found in the book. There are many different definitions of prejudice. For me prejudice, means disliking or mistreating certain types of people because of their beliefs.


The biggest and most obvious in the book is the racism. Jim is a black slave. He ran away because he heard he was going to be sold. So people that see him threaten to turn him in, but Huck treats him differently, he treats him like a friend. Others see him as an easy way to make money.


Another example of prejudice is the situation between Huck and his dad. The first judge new the type of man his father was, and had Huck live with Widow Douglass. When the new judge enters town Huck’s dad goes to the judge and gets him back. He beats Huck and takes his money so he can go get some alcohol. Huck was badly mistreated by his dad all the time because his dad was always under the influence of alcohol.


The third example is when Huck and Jim run into 2 guys who pretend to be a Duke and a King. They go from town to town robbing people with different kinds of scams. The King goes to a church and says he wants to go save people but has no money. All the people give him money to go be a missionary thinking he was a good guy. Then they go to another town and put on plays of “Shakespeare.” It is really a terrible play but when all the people ask for their money back the Duke and King run away.


In conclusion, this was a really good book with all the different adventures that Huck and Jim go through, while heading down the river. There are many more kinds of prejudice in the book, but I just picked 3 that came to my mind. This book is a good example of how black slaves were treated back in the day.

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