The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is arguably Mark Twain’s most valued and accomplished work of literature. Since its publication in 1884, however, its potential literary value has been critically debated. Commonly considered a social commentary, the book portrays the perspectives of Southern society from a young boy as he journeys down the Mississippi river with a runaway slave. Due to its implied themes on controversial and sensitive subjects, some have praised this novel as a masterpiece, while others criticize it as a propaganda that promotes racism. Despite the controversy of its worth, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book of literary and historical values that should be taught in high schools.
In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain presents an adventure story filled with deeper meanings and controversial topics, two in particular being slavery and racism. Despite the usage of the word "nigger" and the stereotypical portrayal of African Americans, I do not think schools have any justification in banning this book from reading lists. Mark Twain wrote Huck Finn during the Reconstruction period in the south, at a time when most Americans wanted to forget all about the institution of slavery and its consequences. However, Twain set the time period of this novel prior to the Civil War when slavery was at its peak. Thus, the racist views he included in the book mirrored the attitudes of most southerners ... ... middle of paper ... ...acist attitudes prevalent in South at this time.
However, many believe that Huck Finn should be taught in schools on the grounds that the novel’s racist theme accurately depicted what life was like for a slave in pre- Civil War times. Opponents of Huck Finn contend that literary censorship is acceptable. But is not censorship a violation of the first amendment? In places such as Philadelphia and New York City, they have adapted a new version which not only tones down the violence and dialects, but cuts all passages demeaning to African Americans. In today’s hypersensitive society, wouldn’t that be the entire book?
Most believe that Twain uses satire to portray the immorality of racism, however some assume that the common slanders in Huckleberry Finn are used to portray that Twain is a racist himself. It is also a common argument that the book should not be taught to students of certain ethnicities due to the harsh language Twain uses. Due to the fact that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a children's book and prequel to Huckleberry Finn, many children may inadvertently pick up Huckleberry Finn believing that it is also a children's book. Twain, however did fail to ... ... middle of paper ... ... racism is immoral. Huckleberry Finn proves a statement that T.S.
Huck’s apology shows how Huck’s mindet towards not only Jim but all black people has changed, and that he actually has feelings for them now. The overall lesson tha... ... middle of paper ... ...reat part about literature. The fact that we can learn from these different sides and arguments makes the literature that much more powerful. Overall The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn’s banning would only lead to further vital literature being ultimately removed from curriculum. The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn’s unique ability to incorporate moral lessons through satire and simmilar literary techniques prove it to be vital for High school students, especially at Rye, to read.
Judy Blume’s Blubber is banned in some schools and libraries because the bullies prevail and it doesn’t teach good morals, and despite the literary merit it has, it should continue to be banned because of vulgar language, and harassment. Blubber is banned in schools and libraries mainly because the bullies prevail in the end of the book. Maynard shows his opinion by stating, “Blubber, where the kids’ horrible cruelty to the fat girl s never punished, Judy Blume raises questions without solving them.” (Maynard 8). Based on his opinion Judy Blume talks about problems in her books and never answers them properly. The reader will go on through the whole book and read about bullying and how it is bad but in the end find that it’s okay and not punishable.
... middle of paper ... ... and eventually change the system in place right now. From all of this we can see that there is still hope in people such as Atticus and Jem because they are different then the community and have unlearned the racist ways of the community and are working towards helping the community unlearn it as well. In conclusion, To Kill a Mockingbird explains how racism should be learned to be unlearned through various characters in the book. Maycomb is a racist community and people are racist towards the African-Americans. The book suggests that people should stand up against racism even if they are the only one just like Atticus.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn There is a major argument on whether Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a racist novel or not and if it should be taught in schools. A great amount of people found this book to be demeaning to certain races and thought that Twain used racist words quiet loosely in this book. It was also thought the book should be banned from school reading lists because of the racial contexts. While others found The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a great book that reveals the true racism that happened during the pre-Civil War era. This is novel is about a young troublesome named Huckleberry Finn who runs away from his alcoholic abusive father with a black slave named Jim that ran away from his owner Miss Watson.
Mark Twain had to be a little bit of a racist when he wrote this book because of how harshly he writes about black people in the book; and how well he writes about the beliefs of the racist people in the book. Twain’s novel is important to keep in schools because it teaches kids how our nation was just after the 13th amendment was passed. The 13th amendment abolishes slavery in the United States.
As John H. Wallace puts it, ?It [Huckleberry Finn] contributes to their [the African-American students] feelings of low self-esteem and to the white student?s disrespect for black people?? As you can see feelings of some are bitter towards the usage of Huckleberry Finn in the classroom. Proponents of the book claim that the book should be taught for several reasons, including the anti-slavery message of the book. In contrast to the opponents, David L. Smith writes, ? ?he [Mark Twain] portrays Jim [the escaping slave] as a compassionate, shrewd, thoughtful, self-sacrificing, and even a wise man.?