Ms. Carbaugh Honors English II 4 January 2009 Huckleberry Finn: Themes Racism in Huckleberry Finn is very easy to see, if you go through the book you will note that the word is used in almost every page. It is used in conversational tone and written in the book over 200 times. For many African Americans the word is not just a word, "It carries with it the blood of our ancestors. They were called this word while they were lynched; they were called this word while they were hung from the big magnolia tree.” Not saying that the word “Nigger” can not be used in a book but when it is used so frequently how could the book not show signs of being racist? As you read through the book it is easy to spot racism within the characters, Jim is shown to be very dull and dense in chapter fourteen when the debate about language is brought forth when Jim disagrees with the fact that foreign language need be in existence. “For example, when Jim is introduced, he is not introduce as Jim but as Ms. Even the dialect spoken by Jim that was rendered by Twain is reflective of a racist attitude since it does not possess a civilized and respectable tone as seen in the dialogue between the other white characters.” Some more example are when Tom says, "Give a nigger a inch and he e'll" (88). When he says this he is saying that if you give a black person freedom, it's giving them way too much. The use of racist and vulgar words was constantly heard from the white adults as well as the children in the novel. "was Jim a runaway nigger?"(126).