Petersburg, but the glaring social ills it satirizes by deftly using irony, offer a candid glimpse of the drawbacks the society suffered post-American Civil War Even though the novel was set fifty years before it was published, the themes still held true for contemporary society By doing this, Twain plays with the roles and now has the black man, Jim, as the human, and the white society as the animal.
He is constantly creating stories to get out of sticky situations and even creating fake identities to keep himself from getting caught after running away.
It has been called everything from the root of modern American literature to a piece of racist trash.
The most heated topic of debate is if the novel is racist and if it should then be included in school curriculum whether. Huck and Jim confront these types of flawed social institutions and corruptions of ideal notions of ethical norms as they struggle to come to terms with their own roles in society.