The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Reception of Huckleberry Finn

How has the acceptance and/or interpretation of Huckleberry Finn changed over time?

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has gone through many decades of censorship and acceptance. Huck Finn must be accepted within the context of the time that Twain wrote it in. Huck Finn takes place during pre-civil war time. This should be enough to put Twain's writings into perspective. Although extremely offensive, words like "nigger" were the norms. Black stereotypes proliferate the book but here Twain is just increasing his level of satire. Twain does this to show how hypocritical slavery was in the South. He also illuminates how black people were treated in wider America, "the land of the free."