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.
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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. At the heart of the controversy, many critics argue the novel has an ulterior motive to promote racism. When people read the book at the “surface level”, it is often perceived that the practice of discriminating towards blacks is acceptable. Many characters in the book are depicted with extreme white prejudice with the mentality that black people are inferior. Insensitive racial slurs such as “nigger” are used throughout the book that can lead people to believe that Twain is attempting to promote racism.
Huck Finn has value that must be searched for, and can be found with proper teaching. Many people feel that Huck Finn should be banned from schools. John H. Wallace presented several arguments against the novel. In particular, he felt strongly about how demeaning the book is towards African Americans and that they are offended by language used within it (Wallace). For example, in the book, Aunt Sally asks if anyone was hurt and he says, “No’m.
Society is being very histrionic about this topic. Huckleberry Finn is a piece of literature that will never be forgotten, even if somehow, someday, it gets banned from public high schools, but in the mean time people are very resolute in keeping this book around. There is no way America can forget such a great novel representing the American Dream the way that it does. This book will not go down without a fight. In conclusion, through all of the controversy, through all the ideas of it being too racist and not appropriate for high school classrooms, after many examples as to why this novel should not be taught in schools and a reason as to why every argument against is bogus and impractical, Huckleberry Finn should be taught in public high schools without question.
Many critics agree that the book’s presentation of the issue is complex or, some say, uneven. No clear-cut stance on race and racism emerges, yet the book uses racist language, was accepted in the time period in which it was written, and may have a negative effect on students who read the book. In order to understand this argument, it is important to look at the background of this problem. Despite the fact that Huck comes to respect Jim as a human being, he still reveals his prejudice towards black people. Dianne Telgen, a contemporary Latina writer, tells us that Huck’s astonishment at Jim’s deep feelings for his family is accompanied by the statement “I do beli... ... middle of paper ... ...ckleberry Finn.
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