DOI: 10.5176/2251-3566_L317.29

Authors: Qian Bai and Yu Sun

Abstract: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is regarded both as a pioneering work of literature and a social critique of racial policy and slavery. It manifests Mark Twain’s sympathy with black people and his indignation of slavery. However, the paper tries to find the latent colonial consciousness of Huckleberry and Jim and reveals the influence of slavery from the perspective of postcolonialism. The paper analyzes Jim’s image in Huck’s eyes, Huck’s heroism mentality, Huck’s ambivalent attitude towards Jim, Jim’s obedience as “the other” and Jim’s mimicry to white people based on the postcolonial theories of “the other,” the voice of the other, and “mimicry” theory.

Keywords: the latent colonial consciousness; the other; postcolonialism

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