Huck Finn Essay

743 Words Mar 30th, 2013 3 Pages
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Ever since it was first published in 1885, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been controversial. This book challenged society head on and was quite offensive to many Americans at that time. Today, this book still kindles a fire in everyone, some believe Huck Finn should be mandatory while other believe it should be optional reading. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should remain as required reading in Junior English classes across country because it is a true masterpiece. Teacher-student collaboration is a fundamental one should have before reading Huck Finn. In the Seattle Post “Huck Finn’ a masterpiece – or an insult” Gregory Roberts states that, “Before the …show more content…
This is incriminating evidence that juniors are mature enough to read Huck Finn and that it should be required reading. One who believes Huck Finn should be optional reading would claim that “Huck Finn is a racist book.” I would respond by saying that statement is ludicrous. Mark Twain’s novel stands for the civil right movement and continually proves how unjust the society in America was at that time. People fail to see past the n-word and the stereotypes and they are blind to the truth of Twain’s novel by it. My opponent would also argue that Huckleberry Finn is a bad role model for children because he steals, lies, and avoids both school and church. I would say that Huckleberry is actually the opposite of what they think, he is a great role model because he stand up for what is right, even though in society doing something like this in unacceptable and would even go to hell for it. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic and one of the greatest pieces of American literature. Peter McWilliams once said, “Comfort zones are often expanded through discomfort.” Not reading Huck Finn though it may be discomfort able will allow the readers to grow. In The Harvard University Gazette article “Fight over Huck Finn continues” Professor Jocelyn Chadwick states, “Huckleberry Finn should

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