The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

1327 Words Jun 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Ever since its publication in 1885, Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has received polarized reception from both readers and critics alike. Some have praised the book as a classic of American literature. Others tout the novel as being racist for its portrayal of African-Americans and language use. Roughly since the 1950s, various groups have sought to ban the book from being taught in schools for these exact reasons. On the contrary, the novel’s defenders claim that Huckleberry Finn is an educational piece, allowing teachers to discuss the racism in the novel and racism that occurs today with students. Although it is true that teaching Huckleberry Finn could potentially lead to embarrassment of black students, the educational opportunity it provides for the teacher and his/her class is paramountWhen it comes to the topic of discussing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in schools, most of us will agree that the interactions between whites and blacks in the book cause many controversies. Where the agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of whether Huckleberry Finn should be completely banned in schools. Whereas some people believe that keeping the book in school systems and developing a new curriculum solve the problem better, other people maintain that all schools must ban the book. The controversy over race, shown in Huckleberry Finn, takes place when Huck uses the “n-word” casually to talk about all blacks that he knows including Jim. The…

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