One example of this is when Huck comes into conflict with both himself and society when he is debating with himself whether he should turn Jim in and become “washed clean of sin” or to go against societies norms and not turn Jim in. After, Huck tears up a note he was going to send to Ms. Watson about Jim and decides “All right, then, I’ll go to hell—and tore it up” (214) Huck, at first, had made his action based off the standard of Ms. Watson and the cultural standard of society that slaves are looked down upon and are inferior to whites. However, as Huck spends more time with Jim, he realizes that Jim acts very similarly to whites as Jim “cared just as much for his people as white folks do.” (155) Although Huck was at first confused about how slaves could have this reaction towards their family, he eventually reckons that Jim and other slaves are like whites. Although Ms. Watson and Widow Douglas, Twains depiction of 19th century society, has made Huck’s vision of a stereotypical slaves/ African poor, Huck looks past this and sees that slaves can act like whites. Despite of Huck’s young age and lack of education, through experience Huck had looked past the cultural norm of slaves.
Should Huck Finn be read and taught in schools? This question has been constantly debated since the book was published 132 years ago. According to the American Library Association, it was number 14 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books list for over a decade. Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, contains language that may be considered offensive to some, but this should be overlooked because the lessons the reader learns are more important than the language it contains. By Jim’s kindness and love towards Huck, and the different characters that have impacted Huck’s life, readers can gain a deeper understanding of how racism can lead people to judge character too soon.
In defense of censorship, parents cry out “Think of the children!” and religious organizations clamor “That’s not what the Bible said!” There are so many instances of this occurrence that it’s almost like clockwork in its unchanging regularity, as made evident throughout “Light Out, Huck.” In Kakutani’s piece, she lists several examples of this, but high school teacher, John Foley, and his comments from 2009 stand out in particular: “The time has arrived to update the literature we use in high school classrooms...novels that use the ‘N-word’ repeatedly need to go.” An author’s employment of mature elements to construct a realistic backdrop in order to make the narrative more realistic and identifiable to the reader is misconstrued by Foley and many other naysayers of anti-censorship as the author encouraging vulgar behavior. It’s absurd to think a story set in the deep South in the 19th century won’t have a couple racial slurs sprinkled here and there, similar to believing a story set in the modern world won’t have incessant references to the Internet or social media. If anything, one should think of an author’s story as a jigsaw puzzle – bits like curse words and sex scenes aren’t the big picture the puzzle is meant
Huck also settles down and goes to school with Tom, but these trouble makers still play practical jokes and gets themselves in trouble. While I read this story, I was deluding myself that I venture with a mischievous boy in reality. This book is good enough to touch all boys heart. If I can meet Tom, I want to ask him, “How could you do such clever and cute!” Tom Sawyer’s adventure criticizes hypocrisy of adult that hidden at the back of elegant appearance in child’s eyes. 2.
This can be noticed throughout the book and in the three scenes talked about before because the white characters in the book often times make irrational comments about slaves that relate to what they are doing themselves. Twain’s use of irony the scene about Huck being upset with the fact that Jim would steal his family back if he had too, shows that Huck did not think Jim should be able to and was not deserving enough to have his own family. This shows the greater truth of slavery because even though Huck likes Jim, he did not agree with Jim’s want to have a free family. The scene where the Duke, the King, and Huck are categorizing slaves as thieves, when they themselves are thieves shows the greater truth of slavery that slaves were categorized into certain types of people, even though it was not true of all slaves. The scene were Tom says that he would hang a slave if they were ungrateful and ranaway shows the greater truth of slavery that if a slave disobeyed, they deserved death.
The general argument made by author Charles Murray in his article, “Are too many people go to college,” is that the college is not necessary for everyone. More specifically, the Murray argues that students who went to school should have learned the core knowledge they will learn in the college. He writes, “ K-8 are the right years to teach the core knowledge, and the effort should get off to a running start in elementary school” (236). In this passage, Murray is suggesting that start teaching the core knowledge in elementary school until high school is better than to spend money and more time to the college. It is not important to go to college.
The novel depicts a young and reckless teenager, presumably thirteen or fourteen, who experiences a drastic moral development regarding his perspective on society or as Twain himself described it, ”It is a novel where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat”. The Adventures of Huckleberry finn is short anecdote which describes Huckleberry Finn’s incredible adventure across the deep south along with a fugitive slave, named Jim, who has just recently escaped from his former owner and plans to escape from clutches of slavery even if it means traversing the racially divided southern region of the United States.
Along with the way that Huck treated Jim, Twain made him sound like an unintelligent thing, not a human being but just a thing. There were many problems that Jim faced with Huck and one is specifically pointed out as the reason The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a racist tale and not one that started to show racial tolerance. During the escape of Jim from Aunt Sally’s house Huck devises a simple plan to get Jim out of the barn safely But then Tom comes along and makes the plan much more complicated and insanely dangerous for Jim. Huck instead of stopping Tom from doing this plan asks him why they should do a complicated plan that might hurt Jim and then decides to revert back to his old self and toy with Jim. After all the morale improvements that Huck has made in the end Jim is still being toyed with instead of treated like the free human being he was.
Huck lets the two lie and cheat because allow them will give him less trouble than if he were to confront them. Since he let them continue, they put on fake plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, and lie to strangers to earn money by saying they are a “changed man because of God” during a camp meeting. Twain shows how twisted the world is by using these characters to show how being morally wrong can take you farther than being a good person. As shown previously, Twain expressed his opinion on morality in various ways in Huckleberry Finn. He showed how the stereotypes during this time were not accurate at all, and how they can be broken.
In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck wasn’t the best candidate for a total transformation and metamorphosis, yet somehow, his journey with a runaway slave shaped his own personality and completely changed his heart. He viewed Jim as an inferior possession and pranked on him when they first met, and he even thought abut turning him in, just like what he’s been taught to do. But by the end of the novel, he was trying his best to save his friend from
Furthermore, many people argue that in this novel, Huck was actually showing affection for Jim when he used the word “nigger.” If one reads the novel, he or she would see that the relationship between Huck and Jim speaks louder than an inappropriate word. Therefore, by banning this novel and countless others like it, schools are depriving students of learning about history, and reading about what life, and literature, was like in times before their own. This shows that novels shouldn’t be banned from public high schools because some novels that are considered unsuitable for teenagers to read contain information about
I’ll take it out of you.” (Ch. 5) He continued to go to school because it made pap mad, although he didn’t like it because he preferred to not be civilized. He ran away when pap kidnapped him, partly because he was sick of getting beat and dealing with his dad’s alcoholism, and also for the reason that he just wanted to be free. As you can see, “the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a story with a new view on society and what is right/wrong. It was and still is a book that leaves much to be debated on topics such as culture, race, and
It is my privilege to write a letter recommending Jim Burke, a former student of mine at Rio Americano High School, for admission to Pitzer College. Based on reading “Want to Get into College?’ Learn to Fail,” the article you wrote for Education Week magazine in February, 2012, I am convinced that Jim Burke would be a valuable addition to your student body. Mr. Burke has had a great deal of trouble throughout high school. Jim was less than perfect in school. By not being a responsible and dedicated student, he opened himself up for failure.