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thoughts he was trying to convey. This commentary is as much about the sorry state of slavery as it is about slaverys Biblical foundation. We didnt lose the game because of that fumble. Although Twains life was common because it had limits he envisioned a character who might not have to make those accommodations, a hero who might break out of the prison of limitations into a brighter life (Johnson 187). There are many shades of gray in racism and even the most progressive thoughts of old seems conservative as progress enlightens new levels of thought. Thus, in a society where a framework entirely robbed of morals was imposed to limit and degrade the African-American Community, Twain's use of the n-word was to show how racism towards people with dark skin was not deemed racist, but accepted as a normal, everyday. Unlike the 21st century, where the rise and growing acceptance of progressive ideology and policy has tabooed the use of classifying an individual due to the colour of his/her skin, the era of the Antebellum South (1776-1865) was entirely different. Introduction This paper examines Mark Twains work to determine whether or not he was racist.

Quickly becoming disenchanted by the dehumanizing actions he witnessed as a result of this business practice, Twain spent the duration of his writing career and life as a staunch abolitionist, and was vocally supportive of Abraham Lincoln's commitment to finally outlaw slavery in America and. Through the late 1800s, Realism emerged as the literary movement to focus. Johnson also thought Twains bitterness increased as he unearthed that the larger and more masterful the Self became, the less benevolent he was likely to be (Johnson 7).

Type text American Literature: Mark Twain and Realism During the world War II in Review literary time period of Realism, many authors exemplified the characteristics of Realism; however, Mark Twain outstood all the rest. Twains characters had or wanted an extraordinary ability to dominate the worlds in which they findthemselves (Johnson 1). His novels are outstanding and well-known around the world. In the following years, Clemens traveled America and became a licensed pilot (Hill 69). Copyright 2018, Los Angeles Times.

Columbia: University of Missouri P, 1997. Mark Twain opposed slavery so strongly, why would he write a racist book. This paper examines Mark Twain s work to determine whether or not he was racist. Racism is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as the belief that one race is superior to others.


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