Going to Hell

While reading Twains novel, Huckleberry Finn, it becomes clear that this young boy embodies the transformation that Mark Twain wanted the nation to undergo. Raised in the south during the 1840’s, Huck subconsciously absorbs racial attitudes of his culture. In this info graphic, I highlight the struggle against racism Huck faces as well as his resolve to embrace Jim as a person, a mentor, and a friend. The color scheme I chose contains many explanations of race and attitude. The blue and the red I selected to enhance my info graphic traditionally represent good and evil. I chose to use blue, the traditionally good color to represent the racism Huck struggles to overcome, thus emphasizing that the “good” white people in Huck’s life are not morally superior. With the traditionally evil red I emphasize that as Huck realizes that JFullSizeRenderim is an admirable person, he also embraces the “bad” skin color as something beautiful.  We can now associate these two colors to represent these attitudes throughout the image. The boxy, straight lined designs of the blue show the unnatural, manmade attitudes of racism, and as your eye progresses down the info graphic it becomes more natural as the red twists and turns into a vine like design showing the natural attitude of embracing one and all no matter their skin color. In the bottom right corner, I sketched an image of Huck holding the letter he had just finished writing to Miss Watson. The outer edges of the letter are drawn in blue, but the tear in the letter is drawn in red. Huck, surrounded by a cloud of red, symbolizes that although he struggles to overcome the racism of his culture, he truly is an accepting and loyal boy. Finally, Huck’s resolve is outlined in purple to represent that his choice was dependent on both his struggle and his resolve. The images I selected to use come from three people, Kemble, Kathe, and myself. Students use Kemble’s works, commonly used to depict the adventures of Huck, across the nation. Kathe, one of my favorite sketch artists, traditionally captures extreme emotion in her pieces; an example of this is placed in the center of the infographic. Finally, My own drawing, to depict one of the most important scenes in the book that embodies Huck’s release of racism and his acceptance for his love of Jim.

 

 

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