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ID number:754963
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Published: 05.03.2003.
Language: English
Level: College/University
Literature: 4 units
References: Used
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War for the South and North ways of life – colonial or free, imposed or without any restrictions for representatives of any race – no matter black or white – has produced tens of opinions about how life should be there – with slaves or without them, with masters and servants or independent, where anyone would be responsible for his own decisions and behavior – and what is most important – no one would be ashamed of the colour of his skin and his ancestors. That was the idea represented by Mark Twain, or Samuel Clemens, in his “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, which was not merely a fairy-tale for the children. Far from it, the novel was meant for the society primarily of the United States, and certainly to the rest of the world as well, and therefore was met with different responses, for the contemporary society was inclined only in favor of its own needs. Practically speaking, people living in the South would be never speaking in favour of niggers, how they would put it. And in the North in the beginning it was the same, but somehow more often now and then there would spring up different opinions, and Mark Twain was one of the firsts so daringly speaking about Negro-problems. It was him, who living in the Central America would boldly write up the following: “I reckon I had better black my face, for in these Eastern States niggers are considerably better than white people.”1 And thus, putting all his knowledge about the contemporary America, masters, slaves, ignorance, generosity and kind-heartedness in his novel, Mark Twain created the image of Negroes of that time, at least in representative of the black race - Jim he succeeded to reveal the kindest and even heart-rending traits of character that are not inherent to the majority of people, no matter of black or white origin.…

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