Huckleberry Finn Debate

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Racism, lies, swears and even murder. These are just a few of the controversial topics covered in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Throughout the story, characters such as Huck and Jim often struggle with these topics, and the way they deal with them fuels the plot of the novel and drives the story forward. These controversial topics have sparked debates around the world, primarily on the topic of if the novel should be banned from a class’s curriculum or a school. Many classes may find benefits from excluding this story from their curriculum however, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be included in the Honors 173 curriculum at Glenbrook South High School. This is because the novel is an essential piece of history, …show more content…
While in most stories, a character’s morals change once throughout the story, the morals of characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn changed back and forth several times during the course of the story. This provided for an engaging plot that kept the book interesting. This also caused the reader to see the importance of looking at both sides of a decision. The back and forth development of characters such as Huck and Jim teaches the reader lessons that can apply to their daily life, no matter how long ago the book was written. One of the lessons is shown when Huckleberry Finn says, “The best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way” (Twain 148). This quote from Huck not only shows a lesson that Huck learned but the development of his morals in the story. In the beginning of the story, Huck almost always believed he was right, and would not let up in an argument until he had won. However, by the end of the story, Huck becomes more of a pacifist, and looks for way to avoid peace rather than being right all the time.This is one reason why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be included in the Honors 173 curriculum at Glenbrook South High

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