History YMMV / AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn

2nd Dec '16 11:57:23 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FairForItsDay: It's now considered by some to be racist, but is actually a satirical work condemning slavery. Also, we have to understand that back then it was considered highly offensive for a southerner to denounce his society in this way. People cry racism for the outdated terms (n-word being commonly used, whether intended badly or not) but it was radical then. And while Jim is portrayed as being ignorant (being Black at that time, he had not received any sort of formal education; Huck has a hard time explaining how it is that French people don't speak English) he is by no means stupid. In fact, he's generally the smartest guy in the room.

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* FairForItsDay: It's now considered by some to be racist, but is actually a satirical work condemning slavery. Also, we have to understand that back then it was considered highly offensive for a southerner to denounce his society in this way. People cry racism for the outdated terms (n-word being commonly used, whether intended badly or not) but it was radical then. And while Jim is portrayed as being ignorant [[BookDumb ignorant]] (being Black at that time, he had not received any sort of formal education; Huck has a hard time explaining how it is that French people don't speak English) he is by no means stupid. In fact, he's generally the smartest guy in the room.
5th Jun '16 7:08:42 AM KingLyger
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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: An attempted [[DefiedTrope defiance]] by the author, but it hasn't stopped generations of scholars from analyzing the heck out of this book.

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* EvenBetterSequel: While ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' is still a good book, ''Huck Finn'' is widely considered better. The former is full of AgeAppropriateAngst and misadventures of the Antebellum South in the 1860s. The latter is a condemnation of slavery and a powerful message about [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight standing up for what you believe in]]. Mark Twain even agreed, preferring ''Huck Finn'' to ''Tom Sawyer''.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: An attempted [[DefiedTrope defiance]] by the author, but it author in his preface, saying anyone attempting to find a plot would be shot. It hasn't stopped generations of scholars from analyzing the heck out of this book.



* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: Has come to overshadow the original, ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''.
23rd Jan '16 2:06:05 AM AlleyOop
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** The fact that people can't see the forest for the trees is sad. If the racist culture portrayed in it offends you... ''that's a good thing.'' Racism ''should'' offend you. Twain (although no saint) felt that the racist society of his time/place was sick, and wrote a powerful if veiled polemic against it. Would a ''racist'' book really have its IronWoobie, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against his black friend, ''renounce all hope of Heaven'' for ThePowerOfFriendship?


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* MisaimedFandom: Inverted. Sometimes condemned as an unironic endorsement of Civil War-era racism due to its extremely liberal use of the N-word and its somewhat stereotypical portrayal of Jim, despite the fact that the book's primary message is to criticize slavery as inhumane, and that Jim actually subverts many of the contemporary UncleTomfoolery stereotypes. Tellingly of the book's true intent, Huck, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against his black friend, renounces all hope of Heaven for ThePowerOfFriendship.
3rd Jul '15 10:19:52 AM ACW
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**Though it's understandable with the former.
5th Feb '15 9:22:36 PM LBHills
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** Both unintentionally, as discussed above, and intentionally in regard to Huck's unwillingness to return Jim to slavery. Huck decides to be a CardCarryingVillain, and most of those around him proclaim themselves good and him evil, but it's made apparent that they're not good, and he's a morally righteous rebel, or at worst a NobleDemon.

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** Both unintentionally, as discussed above, and intentionally in regard to Huck's unwillingness to return Jim to slavery. Huck decides to be a CardCarryingVillain, and most of those around him proclaim themselves good and him evil, but the way it's made apparent written makes it clear that they're not good, and he's a morally righteous rebel, or at worst a NobleDemon.
5th Feb '15 9:20:51 PM LBHills
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** The fact that people can't see the forest for the trees is sad. If the racist culture portrayed in it offends you... ''that's a good thing.'' Racism ''should'' offend you. Twain (although no saint) felt that the racist society of his time/place was sick, and wrote a powerful if veiled polemic against it. Would a ''racist'' book really have its IronWoobie, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against the colored, ''renounce all hope of Heaven'' for ThePowerOfFriendship?

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** The fact that people can't see the forest for the trees is sad. If the racist culture portrayed in it offends you... ''that's a good thing.'' Racism ''should'' offend you. Twain (although no saint) felt that the racist society of his time/place was sick, and wrote a powerful if veiled polemic against it. Would a ''racist'' book really have its IronWoobie, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against the colored, his black friend, ''renounce all hope of Heaven'' for ThePowerOfFriendship?
18th Sep '14 2:54:11 AM LBHills
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** The fact that people can't see the forest for the trees is sad. If the racist culture portrayed in it offends you... ''that's a good thing.'' Racism ''should'' offend you. Twain (although no saint) felt that his racist society was sick, and wrote a powerful if veiled polemic against it. Would a ''racist'' book really have its IronWoobie, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against the colored, ''renounce all hope of Heaven'' for ThePowerOfFriendship?

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** The fact that people can't see the forest for the trees is sad. If the racist culture portrayed in it offends you... ''that's a good thing.'' Racism ''should'' offend you. Twain (although no saint) felt that his the racist society of his time/place was sick, and wrote a powerful if veiled polemic against it. Would a ''racist'' book really have its IronWoobie, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against the colored, ''renounce all hope of Heaven'' for ThePowerOfFriendship?
18th Sep '14 12:44:51 AM LBHills
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** The fact that people can't see the forest for the trees is sad. If the racist culture portrayed in it offends you... ''that's a good thing.'' Racism ''should'' offend you. Twain (although no saint) felt that his racist society was sick, and wrote a powerful if veiled polemic against it. Would a ''racist'' book really have its IronWoobie, believing that even ''God'' is prejudiced against the colored, ''renounce all hope of Heaven'' for ThePowerOfFriendship?
18th Sep '14 12:24:13 AM LBHills
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* EndingFatigue: The story comes to a grinding halt once Jim gets locked in the smokehouse.

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* EndingFatigue: The story comes to a grinding halt once Jim gets locked in the smokehouse.smokehouse - in part because Tom Sawyer, once he finally shows up, seems to be trying to take the book away from Huck.
4th Sep '14 4:27:38 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: Often banned because parents mistakenly believe it is a racist book. They'd know better if they read up to the CMOA.
** Actually, it's been very heavily debated as to whether the book is racist among literary scholars. The major controversy actually relates to the use of language and Jim's portrayal which has been regarded as being a Sambo like characterization, although it has been argued that this is in and of itself a satire.
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