The book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, (Huck Finn hereafter) was first banned from the Concord Public Library just four months after it was first published. Claiming it was “flippant” and “trash of the veriest sort,” the committee banned Huck Finn from the library (NY Herald on Concord Library, paragraph 2), and in doing so became the first in a long line of public facilities such as libraries and schools to ban the book. The Concord Library did not even ban the book for any solid reason either. The library committee gives multiple unsound reasons why it was banned such as, seeming to contain very little humor, having the “language of a rough, ignorant dialect,” and dealing with experiences that “are certainly not elevating” (NY Herald, 2).
The Library had no right to ban Huck Finn on these grounds. The reason that books should be banned are to protect the innocence of young readers and to keep them from reading something inappropriate for their age. The reasons that they (the committee) give for banning Huck Finn are unsatisfactory and are not valid reasons to ban a book. Now, it is true that for most younger readers th...
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...lture, ensuring that we never regress to a primitive time where human beings are treated as less than that.
“Instead, this should make it the pith of American literature”(Huck Finn Controversy, paragraph 51 or 63). If Huck Finn is banned and individuals are not given the opportunity to read and learn from this amazing piece of literature that is the Great American Novel, then they are being deprived of an opportunity to look back in time at how the United States was in its antebellum years and use what they learn to better themselves and contribute to society. Huck Finn should not be banned, it should be examined and perused, debated and pondered, engaged and confronted, so that people can tackle their own racial feelings head on and come to a sound moral conclusion about how to deal with racial problems that our society faces, and will undoubtedly face in the future.
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