The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is certainly among the most controversial texts of all time, being the subject of incessant attack from critics who feel that the text is unsuitable and should be banned from school curriculums. According to the American Literature Association, Twain’s most famous novel was the fifth most controversial book from 1990 to 2000, and while The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been extensively condemned as “highly overrated,” an “unorganized mess,” and the "most grotesque piece of racist trash ever written,” it has concurrently been acclaimed as one of the “most important and beloved American novels.” In fact, Ernest Hemingway himself praised Twain’s novel greatly, claiming that “all modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn…there has been nothing as good since” ("Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”). Though the language, messages and characterization of a slave featured in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been understandably criticized and the subject of constant controversy, it is indeed these elements that make the novel a timeless American literary classic. Twain’s frequent use of the ‘n word’ and vernacular language has been the source of uneasy castigation; however, not only is his diction a contrivance to criticize the racist inclinations of Southern society, but also a way to intensify the authenticity of his characters and reflect accurate dialect of the novel’s…

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