The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

2116 Words Apr 27th, 2016 9 Pages
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered to be one of the most famous and thought-provoking American classics of the 19th century, yet modern school systems are struggling to decide whether to include this masterpiece within high school curriculums. Written by Mark Twain, the novel follows the travels of Huck Finn, a young rascal who escapes his constricting environment to join a runaway slave along the Mississippi River. They encounter many life-threatening situations that represent the hypocritical and racist views of Southern society. Some teachers and parents do not want their high school students to be exposed to the brutal violence, vulgar language, and suggestive themes of the novel. Although the novel contains graphic portrayals of racial brutality and vulgarity, some educators view this piece as an essential text for high school students to analyze in the classroom. They see teenagers developing a clear understanding of its message on racial injustice in both the inhumane South of the 19th century and today’s culture. Should Adventures of Huckleberry Finn be taught in high school? If so, should the offensive language be censored? Are African Americans actually offended by the “n-word” in the novel? Will “Huck Finn” aid in ending the racial divisions that have developed within the social structure of high school? Will the powerful messages and themes of the novel be subdued with minor substitutions in word choice? These questions have received a variety of…

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