“Slavery is theft – theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.” (Kevin Bales) In this quote the Kevin Bales is explaining the use of slavery and the negative outcomes on it. In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the blacks are viewed as property, nothing more nothing less. Mark Twain is the astonishing author of Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn take place during the Antebellum South and it was written in 1884. Huck Finn was banned years after being written and published because of its repetitive and vulgar use of the word nigger. Throughout Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain focuses on Ms. Watson, Jim, and Huck’s moral views about race to illustrate that everyone creates different systems of morality.
Twain uses Ms. Watson’s view that blacks are property to prove that we create our moral beliefs. She then changes her view on blacks towards the end. Ms. Watson is a Jim’s slave owner. Jim’s family lives nearby and Ms. Watson promises not to separate him from his family. A few chapters later, Ms. Watson meets with a slave trader and has to decide whether or not to sell Jim further into the south for $800. Jim over hears this news and runs away before she makes her decision. Jim feels offended because she promised not to sell him. Jim says that he overheard Miss Watson discussing selling him for $800 to a slave trader who would take him to New Orleans, separating him from his family. Jim left before Miss Watson had a chance to decide whether or not to sell him. While explaining why he ran away, Jim says to Huck:
I hear ole missus tell de wider she gwyne to sell me down to Orleans, but she …
… best friend. It seems instinctive for Huck to want to do this since Jim is basically the only friend that he has at the moment.
Throughout his novel, Twain utilizes Ms. Watson, Jim, and Huck’s views on racism to inform us that we create our own systems of morality. Mark Twain wrote this remarkable novel for what? Okay, yeah it’s funny and sad, yeah it criticizes certain people or things but so what!? One might say he wrote it to inform his readers about the flaws and problems he saw in society by using satire. Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. The fun in using satire was that it was humorous with a serious message, subtle yet powerful. The novel was both a work of humor and serious social commentary.