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Huckleberry Finn Essay

  • Submitted by: hanni2992
  • on November 11, 2010
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 773 words

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Debating the Banning of a Great Novel
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is responsible for the controversy caused by the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This novel has been banned in many high schools across the nation for the foul language applied and the sentiment it brings to those who may relate to it. Yet many are unaware that the purpose of the novel is not to bring about resentment but to appeal the reader to the circumstances in which the characters lived. Some disregard the notice at the beginning of the novel, which contains an explanation for the dialect used. Many choose to find a plot in the novel, although the author clearly states that the novel purposely lacks a plot. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is many times an unpopular novel among high school teachers across the country due to its inappropriate language; although this novel does not intend to insult the reader.
Throughout the novel, Mark Twain describes the adventures young Huckleberry Finn and his friend, Jim, go through and the American life style of the 1880’s. In order to get the reader to imagine the setting, the author has to add as much detail to the story. For this reason, Twain has made it obvious that the story takes place during a time period in which slavery still existed. This period in time was not exactly a pleasant walk around the park; it was full of violence and unjust treatment of human beings, so much so that they were considered property rather than people. Yet this unjust treatment was not limited to physical assault but verbal as well. The term “nigger”, like often mentioned in the novel, was very frequently said to slaves and African Americans as a form of bias. During the 1880’s this word was indeed meant to offend and refer to those inferior to the white race, but we are now in the 21st century and the usage of this word throughout the novel should be taken as a supplement to the story rather than a racial bias. Of course there...

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