Civilizing Huckleberry Finn

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Huckleberry Finn has been referred to as an excellent piece of American history. It is a wonderful story and an accurate account of American culture. Unfortunately there are those who want to change this story, not only in schools but worldwide. Not for the better though, to censor all the "politically incorrect phrases". To ruin a wonderful deep story! Huckleberry Finn should not be censored because history should not be forgotten or changed, that students should not be denied useful literature and knowledge of history, also American culture should be preserved and understood by all, and finally to not be so shallow, see into the time period and understand the depth behind the story. In a article (Huck Finn censorship and the n-word controversy #1)there was a son who was writing a essay about Huck Finn, and he used a variety of racially offensive words. The mother was especially not acceptable of her sons writing. She said "You can't write this! It sounds racist!" Were in fact it was just quotes from the book, and totally unbiased. Also not to mention to constant use of "broken english". Which was true, his essay simply contained quotes and was no were in fact meant to be racist. Later in the article it was stated; "That American's are so hung up on political correctness, we need to lighten up". Yet another true fact. People are so concerned with the right words, that they forget about that just maybe there is a meaning behind them. Also how can students learn about history Jacob #2correctly if it is sanitized for them. They would get a inaccurate sense of history. That would be totally unacceptable, there is a quote that applies to this situation; "Those who don't know of history, are doomed to repeat it." That is what ex... ... middle of paper ... ...d Huck Finn #4) I believe Twain would agree with that we cannot pretend bad things didn't happen in the past. Huck Finn should be protected from being "updated, or cleaned up". History is an important part of American culture, and we need to preserve it. Removing books like these from the curriculum just deprives children of exposure to classic works of literature. It doesn't matter how "advanced" we think we are it is wrong and should never Jacob #4happen. Even whether the book is classic or not, censoring would undermine the authors words and diminish the story. Many people that want to censor often like to impose their own beliefs and ideals, under the premise that is is offensive. We need to cut back on these ideas of people who just want to change for their own good. Huck Finn should be left as it is, a true, wonderful, and a major piece of American Culture.
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