Essay on The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Should “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Be Included In the High School Curriculum?

Over the years there has been a lot of controversy over the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” on if it is racist and if it should be taught in schools. The novel should be included in the high school curriculum because of Huck’s character development, the word “nigger” that is continuously used, and and the lesson about racism that is taught in the book.
Huck’s character development is an important piece to the novel as it shows how his morals change over time and how he breaks away from society. He has grown up with the idea that slavery is right and that African Americans should be treated differently or poorly because of their race. So it is normal for Huck to have some internal conflict about the right thing to do as he travels with Jim and whether or not he should tell Miss Watson where her slave is. Salwen talks about Huck’s struggle and his decision he ends up making in this quote. “He’s forced to wrestle with his conscience,and when the crucial moment comes he decides he will be damned to the flames of hell rather than betray his black friend” (Salwen). By reading this, it shows that Huck ended up choosing the right things because he doesn’t care if he goes to hell to help and save his friend Jim. It’s not an easy task either because when he first thinks about getting Jim back he doesn’t even know if the people holding Jim will believe he is his slave. In this quote,…

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