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. For all those school administrators who say that the language and ideology of Twain’s writing is offensive, well, maybe Twain wanted to offend people with this novel. Maybe he wanted to offend them so much that they would come to the realization that individuals should not conform to society’s standards, one of these standards being slavery. Until someone is offended, status quo doesn’t change. Maybe it’s about time that we remove the blindfold from our nation’s youth and stop trying to be politically correct.
Since its first publication in 1884, Mark Twain’s masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has proven to be one of history’s most controversial novels; especially recently, the novel has often been banned by schools and censored by libraries. Characters in the book are constantly using disparaging language toward slaves, and the repeated use of the word “nigger” makes many sensitive and offended. Critics denounce the novel and Mark Twain as racist for this word being insulting and politically incorrect and for its depiction of black people and how they are treated. However, Twain was not attempting to perpetuate racism; on the contrary, he used satire to expose the ignorance and paradoxical views held by many in America at that time. Despite objections to the novel for offensive and insensitive portrayal of African Americans due to Twain’s negative and stereotypical “minstrel-like” characterization of Jim and the extensive use of the term “nigger,” throughout the novel, Twain exposes Jim’s unfeigned humanity behind a “minstrel-like” pretense by illustrating his capacity to possess profound human emotions and his triggering Huck’s moral transformation from a conscienceless, uncivilized juvenile into a an adolescent able to make the ethical choice.
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Mark Twain is a well-known novelist; his novels contained a wide range of written expressions varying from humor, comprehensive details, and likeable characters. Several of Twain’s written literatures are considered classics, which include, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain’s notorious novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has been and continues to be a very controversial topic due his graphic descriptions of racism. Although the “n” word was commonly used to describe African Americans in the 1880’s, the word is currently considered very offensive. Many critics think that this book is racist because Twain openly states the “n” word throughout the novel, but this is only one form of racism found within the
Huckleberry Finn: The Immorality of Racism A majority of people in American society believe that school systems must teach children that racism is morally wrong. Often, however, tension has builds over how to teach this important lesson. Unfortunately, a controversy has built over the teaching of Huckleberry Finn. Although some believe that Mark Twains' novel perpetuates racist feelings, in fact Twain uses the characters to demonstrate the immorality of slavery. Miss Watson and Pap, the reprehensible objects of Twains' satire, demonstrate the racist views that society takes towards slaves.
Nearly everyone in the south was racist in the 1800’s, and that is captured by “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” This book is racist by today’s standards, but is an accurate reflection of how things were at that time. To ban this book would be like deleting a part of America’s past that defines us. Works Cited Shmoop Editorial Team. "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Summary." Shmoop.com.