Censorship In Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn

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The mere idea about removing this word from “Huckleberry Fin” is preposterous. By removing the word nigger, we are removing the whole meaning of the book. We are removing the reason and the effect Mark Twain was trying to laminate. He was trying to teach people the history behind this offensive word and how powerful a single word can be. As stated in the article, “In Defense of a Loaded Word,” the author said, “’Nigger is border, the signpost that reminds us that the old crimes don’t disappear.” The reason Mark Twain wrote “Huckleberry Finn” using this word was because he wanted to demonstrate that racial prejudice and slavery was still prevalent during their time. In my opinion, I agree with those who say it is “censorship” and that the words of a literary icon should not be altered. When this word is altered into the word slave, the entire meaning of the novel alters, as well. It goes against…show more content…
For this reason, I do not mind the word nigger. Although I do not favor this word, I know it is used for a certain purpose. It is not used so it can offend others. Unlike Riley Cooper, a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver who called his black security guard ‘nigger,’ Twain used nigger as a way not to be violent or offensive. Instead, it was to bring awareness regarding the way the African Americans were being called. In “From Chapter 6 of ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Fin’ by Mark Twain,” Pap told Huck, “It was ‘lection day, and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn’t too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in this country where they’d let that nigger vote, I drawed out.” During Mark Twain’s time, the whites used the word nigger so loosely. It was so common that it had been a part of life and a social norm. The author, Twain, was showing to the world the names the African Americans were really being
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