In Huckleberry Finn and throughout his works, Mark Twain explores the culture of racism. In todayâ€™s society the ideals of racism have greatly evolved. Slavery is now abolished and even a word like â€œniggerâ€ is now considered vulgar. During the era of Huck and Tom, most of the children considered slavery to be normal and the use of the word â€œniggerâ€ was not uncommon or even though of as inappropriate. â€œHuckleberry Finn was written during the reconstruction after the civil war, and a year after the passing of the Civil Rights Act which assured equality of treatment for whites and blacksâ€ (Beaver 37). Hostile critics stirred up the possibility that Huckleberry Finn could in fact corrupt morals, upright citizens then banned it from libraries and school rooms. Many modern critics in contrast to those of the early 20th century, praise the novel for its brilliance and new way of expression. â€œHuckleberry Finn is the closest thing we have to an national epicâ€ (Faidman 362).
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