Why Is Huckleberry Finn Be Banned

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Throughout history, many books had to be ban due to the controversy surrounding it or because of its content. Mark Twain’s “The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn” is one of the most banned books of all time throughout America due to the controversial contents and topics it touches upon. However, many people have took the book at face value and misinterpreted the book and what Twain was trying to accomplish entirely thus causing the book to gain mass controversy.The book in reality touches on serious topics such as racism in order to portray how the real world actually was back in the south. He uses elements such as the “n” word in order to depict how southern whites used to call black people and.Twain’s implemented characters ,such as Jim and Pap, …show more content…
Throughout the book, the word is used a large amount of times which garnered a ton of controversy with activists wanting to ban the book because of Twain’s excessive use of the “n” word. Many people may think the excessive usage of the “n” word is unnecessary and think Twain is a racist but it is quite the opposite. Twain actually understood racism was wrong and wanted to try to address the issues of race and stereotypes through The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Roberts).Also, the word isn’t to show hatred towards black people, as many people misinterpret, but instead bring awareness how southern society was back in the 19th century and how they labeled black people. Twain used the “n” word excessively because it was to show reader of racial inferiority that occurred in southern society(Chadwick). Additionally, it usage of the “n” word opens up a door to conversations in classrooms people wouldn’t the opportunity before where they can discuss why kids in the hallway use the word so frequently.(Roberts) As readers see thorugh out the book, many white people in the south threw about the “n” word around casually while today people don’t use this word as it is considered taboo in modern society.One case of this is …show more content…
In the book, we see that Pap is pretty open about how the way he thinks, especially towards black people. During his conversation with Huck, he stated “. . . but when they told me there was a State in this country where they’d let that nigger vote, I drawed out (Twain 29).” He doesn’t stop there where than later says “And to see the cool way of that nigger—why, he wouldn’t a give me the road if I hadn’t shoved him out o’ the way(Twain 29).” Through these quotes, we see that Pap is quite a racist person, showing that he practically has no respect towards another black person.This rant he made about black people underline an irony where a repulsive,illiterate, alcoholic child-abuser is incensed by a well-educated,well dressed free black man that could vote in another but couldn’t be sold into slavery unless he’s been in missouri for six months(Fishkin). It also shows that Pap lacks self-awareness of what he is saying most likely of how drunk he is because of the radical ideas he portrays in his monologue to Huck.Pap is known by everyone as an uncompromising and cruel racist and even forsakened Huck because his predilection for black women(Chan).This shows that Pap has virtually no tolerance for someone who even likes black people which tells us how radical Pap is. Twain created Pap in order to represent the rigged and close minded whites and how they felt about free

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