Why Huckleberry Finn Should Not Be Banned

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Do you like being called an ugly name? No one wants to be made fun of or slurred for something they have no control over. Times were hard and the South was trying to recover from the Civil War. Mark Twain wrote an award-winning novel that was set in the Mississippi River Valley. Through the use of racial slandering and helping a black slave survive, Huckleberry Finn suggests controversy more so now than it did during the realism time period. Over the past hundred years there has been major controversy because of the racial slurs and remarks towards black men and women throughout the story of Huckleberry Finn. It states, “In Mark Twain’s time after he wrote this people rejected it because the book discussed laziness, smoking, skipping out …show more content…
Twain was trying to symbolize this in the story and in return has sparked a debate. During the realism time era it was hard for Americans to read this story and realize just how unfairly they treated black men and women. In today’s society it is part of our history as Americans so it is easier to read because we know times have changed. Blacks now have every legal right that whites do. It is important to know our nation’s history on racism and this book is a great start. There was no reason for this book to be banned. It does not even compare to some of the reasons other books were banned in libraries. For instance, “The Catcher in the Rye” was banned for promotion of drinking and smoking, sexual references, foul language, rebellion, and other major issues. “Ulysses” was said to be a pornography. “Harry Potter” was banned for showing signs of witchcraft from wizards, devils, and demons. It was banned because groups of Christian parents and teachers would complain to their city and states enough to have it brought off the shelves. Lastly, “Lolita” was banned because of themes of pedophilia and incest, which was very inappropriate for adolescents. Huckleberry Finn is nowhere near as obscene as some of these are. A book should be banned if it promotes any form of depression, sexual references towards children, or encourage young adults to harm themselves. A book should never put a child’s life in danger or in harm. This story should not have been banned for the use of racial slandering and helping a black slave survive; as a result, Huckleberry Finn suggests controversy more so now than it did during the realism time

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