In the classic american novel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark twain explores the view of racism through the eyes of a young man. Huck endures many experiences of racism in the south through a journey of adventures. As the reader continues through the story, it is evident that Huck comes to numerous confused states on what is right and what is wrong. Through his experiences, Huck gains a different view of blacks in the south in am extensively racist community. Growing up in a white, pro-racism society, Huck is used to the terrible racism that occurs in his life. Once his journey begins with his long time childhood friend Jim, so does his different perspective on racism.
Huck did not have much education before his journeys began so he did know the difference between good and bad, or right and wrong regarding slavery and racism. He gains a relationship with Jim that gears him to be against slavery even when he doesn’t realize it. Blacks, during this time period, were not viewed as civil humans, they were viewed as property or objects that one owns. Huck Finn depicts the attitude that blacks or less than human, and has no value to anyone. Through Huck’s initial attitude towards Jim, with Huck not knowingly patronizing Jim, it shows how naturally, in the south, blacks are inferior to whites. With Huck playing constant tricks on Jim, it doesn’t help uncover the hard truth about how terrible racism is. One of Hucks first problems was when he met Jim on the island after escaping his father.
He thinks that Jim is dropping to a lower level because of how Jim escaped his slave master. It is not normal that slaves would escape from their masters because the usual result would be immediate execution. So when Huck heard of this from Jim, he was utterly surprised of his actions. Another example would be when Huck goes to Tom for help of breaking out Jim. Tom continues with the plan because he believes that white people know more than blacks, which relates back to the topic of how this type of culture is accepted in the south.Although, through the adventure within the story, his view of racism starts to slowly change from his original view. There are times where the shift is a hard struggle, whether its his mind confusing him by telling Huck that Jim is used to racism. Huck is drilled to think that racism is part of the everyday society in the south, but tries to overcome his thoughts.
There is a part in the story where white men are attempting to find Jim, and Huck is stuck in his decisions of how it is societally wrong of keeping Jim hidden from the group. He still thinks that in this community that Jim, and other blacks, are not people so it keeps him stuck between a “rock and a hard place”. Huck wants Jim to be a free man, but can come to a conclusion of how it is bad that Jim endures the consequences of being black. After he encounters the hunters is when it is evident that Huck is a non-supporter of slavery because he does not turn in Jim and pulls off another famous lie.