The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, writing homework help: Is this a racist book?

  1. Is this a racist book? Does it actually believe that black people are inferior—even if it doesn’t believe that they should be slaves—or is it making fun of the racist culture it represents?
  2. What’s up with the last few chapters? When Tom Sawyer strolls into the story, the tone takes a major turn toward comedy. Do these chapters ruin the book’s otherwise serious events? Or do they complement it in some way?
  3. Does Huck actually change over the course of the novel? He starts out wanting to run away from civilization, and he ends by wanting to set out toward unsettled territory. So, has he grown or matured in any way?
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