Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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In my novel the adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of the cultural assumptions is that black people are considered the slaves and of a lower class by white people. Twain shows this cultural assumption through the characters and language.

Characters-Jim the slave, the secondary character in the novel who is an African American, is treated very poorly and disgracefully by his "owners" Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. Even though Huckleberry Finn's guardians Widow Douglas and Mrs Watson treat Jim the slave poorly, Huck and Tom Sawyer quite like Jim and later in the story Jim joins Huck in his fight down the Mississippi River as he has run away because Miss Watson was going to sell him down the river to New Orleans. On their adventure Jim and Huck become good friends and Huck has a brand new perspective on Jim the slave and also African Americans.

Language example- Huckleberry's, the protagonist, guardians, Widow Douglas and Miss Watsons "own" an African American slave named Jim. Huckleberry Finn is constantly talking about him as Miss Watsons "nigga", which seems to be extremely racist in this modern day but to huckleberry it seems to be the normal term used for African Americans.

Twain challenges the cultural assumption that black people are considered the slaves and of a lower class through the character Huckleberry, as Huck tends to do the opposite of what society expects even though Widow Douglas has been trying to civilise Huck. Towards the end of the book, Huck more learns about Jim and his Character realises how bad Jims treatment really is.

I believe the way that Jim the Slave is treated is terrible and no one in this modern day would ever get away with treating African Americans in such an awful and racist way.

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2 years ago

In your post I can clearly see your cultural assumption, it is equity. The examples you give to show the cultural assumptions really helps see the cultural assumption even better. The elements in your post are easy to see, they are character, structure and language. I can see that you have linked the cultural assumption with the context well because you talk about 1950's a bit. I can't see who the author of the book is, you probably should put that in your introduction. I can't see any similarities between our two books but I can see many differences because our books are different.