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Huckleberry Finn

Posted by BookGirl on January 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Random off topic bit of the day:   Today is MLK Jr.'s birthday!    YAY!!!  If he wasn't assasinated, he would be 85 today.  I went and marched in a parade in his honor with some friends.    I held some signs drawing parallels with human abortion (Roe v. Wade) and slavery. (Dred Scott)    It was pretty fun.    Once, the people in front of us threw some candy.   Bad idea.  The crowd ROARED and around 75 kids, if not more, rushed forward  (around 10 feet) to wrestle for the candy.  Then the police started yelling because the people in front were just supposed to pass out candy, not throw it.   It was kind of a funny situation to watch.  Ok, on to the review:

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

     This book is a classic.  Everyone says so.  It's the epitome of human literature, the cream of the crop.   Have those people actually read the book?     

Huck Finn's father was a drunk.   After "the widow" took him away from his father and let him live with her, his dad kidnapped him back.   Huck didn't like this, so he set off down the river, leaving clues that made him look like he was dead.   He met up with a runaway slave named Jim, and they have all kinds of adventures together, including meeting up with a "king"  and a "duke,"   and, when Tom Sawyer comes, rescuing Jim.

There is a HUMONGOUS amount of bad material in this book.    Every single time that a slave or black person is referred to (and they are quite a lot), they are called a N-word.  Religious people are all hipocrites and haters.   The contempt the writer has for Christianity and black people is blatantly obvious.  The "king", who is really a con artist, does a show where he performs naked.  Cursing, alcohol, and killing are praised as good.   All throughout the book, Huck has a dilemma.   He thinks that, since Jim is a runaway slave, if he doesn't return him to his owner, Huck will go to hell.   This effectually communicates to the reader that God is pro-slavery.   Huck eventually decides to side with Jim, and not be saved.  Slavery goes completely against the Christian faith.   Black people are protrayed as stupid, weak-minded, and gullible.     Mark Twain has utter contempt for Christianity, black people, and women.  He is willing to bend reality to make his biases come true in the book.

Huckleberry Finn is absolutely not the book everyone thinks it is.  I thought it was great, until I recently reread it, and so published this review.    On MLK Jr. day, we should look back at this book and be glad that we are free of such blatant stereotypes and obvious hatred of the black people.  

Categories: Younger Readers (10 and under), MEH, Historical Fiction

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