Well, he was right; he was most always right; he had an uncommon head level head for a nigger.” (Twain 76) Here, Huckleberry assumes that black people are not as smart as whites.
This is another example of a common stereotype of that time.
In the beginning of Huck and Jim’s journey Huck thinks of Jim as different from him.
He expresses this when he says, “when we was ready to shove off we was a quarter of a mile below the island, and it was pretty broad day; so I made Jim lay down in the canoe and cover up with a quilt, because if he set up people could tell he was a nigger a good ways off.” (Twain 51) Here, Huck wrongly assumes that people can spot a black person form great distance.
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Mark Twain writes, “Next Sunday we all went to church about three mile, everyone a-horseback.
The men took their gun and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall.”(Twain 109) For Twain, such a feud is pointless and against his common sense.
During this time stereotypes of black people was common in the white society.
Twain satirizes white society stereotypes in an attempt to tactfully ridicule society.