Huck Finn Paper

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Huck Finn Paper

It has become quite the talked about phenomenon: should slurs in Huck Finn stay, or should they go?
Huck Finn contains very blatantly obvious clues of some very harsh and racist language. The word “nigger”, due to very severe discrimination with different skin tones in the past history of the world, will forever and always be seen in a negative light. With its’ “obscenity, atheism, bad grammar, coarse manners, low moral tone, and antisouthernism,” there have been many new editions of this controversial novel. While I believe that it shouldn’t be censored because of Mark Twain’s overall message, many other authors differ in opinion. Gribben, of Auburn University, was one that rewrote the book to have a more beautiful flow, eliminating all the gruesome truths: “"The n-word possessed, then as now, demeaning implications more vile than almost any insult that can be applied to other racial groups," he said. "As a result, with every passing decade this affront appears to gain rather than lose its impact." His point is valid, but it still doesn’t address Twain’s use of the language to actually reinforce how badly the slaves her treated. If the “n-word” was really replaced in the book, and slaves was to be put in its’ place, it wouldn’t seem as demeaning, which was Twain’s underlying reason. Everyone is conscientious of how wrong the language is, but in high school students know how much language affects how a novel is read, too. Words are words, until they have deeper meaning. Huck Finn is primarily controversial because it strays away from the idea that slaves are “bad, wrong, and evil”, even called “barbarians” in my very own AP European History textbook. Twain didn’t use the language to be racist—it might...

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...wain conveys his ideas, it is important not

Conclusion: Due to all of this insight into Mark Twain’s mind, it’s safe to say that censoring his book would ultimately cause harm onto others. Not only is his book actually morally good, and the usage of his questioning words was to provide simple messages to those that hear it:

Sources Page
Gribben: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jan/05/huckleberry-finn-edition-censors-n-word
Huck Finn- When Great Books Were Fun: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/schaeffersghost/2012/08/huck-finn-when-great-books-were-fun/
The effects on teachers: http://www.albany.edu/cela/publication/article/censor.htm http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/books/07huck.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& http://www.cedu.niu.edu/~shumow/itt/CensoringEnglishCurriculum.pdf
Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2011/01/sanitising_huckleberry_fin
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