Argumentative Essay: Should The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn be taught in school?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel based on the journey Huck, a young boy with an abusive father, and Jim, a runaway slave, have down the Mississippi River to Free states for an end goal of freedom. Freedom means different things to both of them, to Huck freedom means to be able to do what he wants and not be “sivilized”, while Jim’s definition of freedom is being able to live in peace with his wife and children. While on their journey to freedom they develop a caring unusual friendship. There is a great deal of controversy over whether or not The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be taught in
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Since the first publication of the novel, Twain’s perspective on slavery has been debated. Many say that Twain portrayed slavery as a walk in the park for the black slaves. This is a huge offence to the black community because of slaveries infamous history in society. What especially angers the audience is the fact that the novel was written during a reconstruction period in the country in which slaves had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, but Twain still incorporated heavy use of slave cruelty. Even though the blacks were struggling for equality and acceptance at the time they were not taken seriously and were still segregated by the whites. Throughout the novel it is suggested that helping a slave is a very bad thing. “Should Huck free Jim and then be condemned to hell?”(The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Major themes). This decision is life-altering for Huck because it forces him to reject everything "sivilization" has taught him. Huck chooses to free Jim based on his personal experiences rather than social norms, thus choosing the morality of the "natural life" over that of civilization.
In conclusion The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, should not be taught in High School because of the offensive racial presence, the immaturity of most if not all the students reading it, and the way this novel makes a mockery of slavery. Instead of it being read in High Schools the novel should be taught