What Is The Controversy Of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn twenty years after slavery was abolished, but there was still a great controversy about whether it was racist. Some schools have even gone as far as removing the novel from their school curriculums because of its strong language and the supposed racism. Schools should include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in their curriculums because it teaches the students an exceptional amount of history about slaves and their time period. The students also benefit from Mark Twain’s deep, complex characterizations. Many great critics and authors appreciate Twain’s novel for all the lessons you can learn from it.
An abounding amount of critics consider Huck Finn a masterpiece.“Twain is praised for the
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Huckleberry is one of the most grownup characters in the novel because he is intelligent and responsible, he even helps Jim runaway from his owner. He is also a trustworthy person. Twain put real thought into having Huck disappear in the end and let the limelight be on Tom once again. Eliot says, “He belongs neither to the Sunday School nor to the Reformatory. He has no beginning and no end. Hence, he can only disappear; and his disappearance can only be accomplished by bringing forward another performer to obscure the disappearance in a cloud of whimsicality” (289). The other performer is Tom, people believe Twain should have ended the story after Jim is captured, but his ending makes perfect sense. Huck is a loyal friend to Jim, but he has an internal conflict about whether, or not to turn him in. Huck really considers turning him in and thinks, “And then think of ME! It would get all around that Huck Finn helped a nigger to get his freedom; and if I was ever to see anybody from that town again I 'd be ready to get down and lick his boots for shame. That 's just the way: a person does a low-down thing, and then he don 't want to take no consequences of it” (Twain 212). After this whole internal conflict, Huck comes to realize he cannot lose Jim as a friend, Jim has been nothing but kind to him, and Huck could never betray him. Besides being loyal to only his friends, he also has a loving heart and believes no human being should be treated badly. He shows this when the King and Duke are tarred and feathered Huck says, “Well, it made me sick to see it; and I was sorry for them poor pitiful rascals, it seemed like I couldn’t ever feel any hardness against them any more in the world. It was a dreadful thing to to see. Human beings can be awful cruel to one another” (230). Huckleberry is such a sweet boy to be thinking they do not deserve their punishment. Even though Twain has

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