Still others believe that in his books, Twain demonstrates Plato’s allegory of the cave. People’s perspectives are created when their personalities are developing. When situations change, people’s perspectives change more slowly, if at all, and they no longer match the truth. This happens in Huckleberry Finn when despite respecting Jim as a human being and even considering him as a father figure, he still calls all blacks n*****s. This is because he grew up this way and had always heard others calling them this way. He thought the way he was taught to think.
There is evidence to support any of the three sides. Without the words coming from his own mouth, we will probably never know for certain whether Mark Twain was a racist or not. However, given the strength of the arguments between the sides, it may be safe to assume that he was not racist, and was only doing as was his nature, demonstrating social norms and human nature.
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My original topic was more closely associated with the book, Tom Sawyer. However, after research, I found that there really was no conflict or evidence in this topic. Upon discovering this, I decided that there was much controversy over Mark Twain’s books overall, about whether or not they were written with racist intent. With all of the evidence to support each perspective, it was clearly the better choice.