The Banning of Huckleberry Finn

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Since the Civil War, racism has been a very delicate issue with the American public. Some people have tried to transgress this issue, pretending that race no longer plays a significant role in our country, while other people still believe that there are serious racial dilemmas in the United States.

In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain presents an adventurous story filled with deep meanings and controversial topics, two in particular being slavery and racism. In this novel, Twain describes a fictitious adventure that two main characters had while running away and traveling down the Mississippi river. The two characters, Huckleberry Finn and a slave named Jim, are running away from society. Huck learns important things about the harsh world he lives in, Huck learns that Blacks are no different than Whites and that society is wrong in the treatment of them. The Book has a very realistic view on the events that happened during that time period and the language used which is considered vulgar or improper in today's society. Despite the usage of the word "nigger" and the portrayal of an African American stereotype, Huck Finn should not be banned from high school reading lists.

Those that say that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is inappropriate to be read in schools are in turn saying that that portion of United States history should not be taught in the classroom. The novel shows how blacks were mistreated and how blacks are not thought of as even being capable of being intelligent. In the beginning of the novel (pg 7-8) Huck and his friend Tom Sawyer play a mean trick on Jim, they assume that Jim is really dumb and thought it would be funny. They took his hat and hung it in a tree over top Jim, who was asleep at the base of the tree. Jim was led to believe it was the work of witches. One other incident happened when Huck and Jim got separated in a fog. The morning that the fog cleared Huck led Jim to believe that he dreamt the events that took place during the fog (pg. 81-83). This depicts just small mistreatments and misjudgments of Blacks, these only being juvenile attacks on Black people. Twain did not write this novel to belittle the African American race; he just showed how they were treated.
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