Huckleberry Finn Argumentative Analysis

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a book written by Mark Twain, has been a controversial book ever since it's release in 1885. The classic American canon is about a young white boy who ran away from his alcoholic father, faked his own death, and went on a journey where he met a runaway slave seeking for freedom, and together on a raft, they face obstacles, learn more about each other, and encounter new people. However, the book has been controversial ever since its publication due to the multiple use of the word “nigger”; although one can argue that it’s beneficial for helping readers develop both cognitive and non cognitive skills, some may argue that the drawbacks outweigh its benefits. Needless to say, despite the multiple use of the “n-word”…show more content…
However, craft and intent are two different things that are imperative for a student's understanding of classic American literature. Learning how to properly cite and analyze the novel not only will the student benefit from fully understanding the text, but he/she will also have a better sense of understanding towards the intention behind the text. The content of the book is far more less vital than the craft and the intent. The intent is what determines a student's cognitive skills. It takes full understanding of the text in order to properly and successfully pull out the intention of the…show more content…
According to Allison Flood, “The school’s principal told parents in a letter that “we have all come to the conclusion that the community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits”, saying that some students had found the “use of the N-word” to be “challenging”, and that the school “was not being inclusive.”(US school stops teaching Huckleberry Finn because of 'use of the N-word) which specifies that some schools across the country are banning the book due to its racist theme and lack of benefits. Also, according to Andrew Levy, “ Huck Finn was never meant to be a dusty classic palmed diffidently by teenagers between the hours of nine and three.” (6 Reasons ‘Huck Finn’ Is Not The Dusty Old Classic You Think It Is) which indicates that although it is classified as one of the classic American literatures, it was never meant to be a classic that is widely read by students throughout the world. However, despite the fact that the author uses the “n-word” numerous times throughout the book and the book not being considered a canon, it is still beneficial for the young adults’ understanding of slavery because slavery in the book was portrayed from the author’s point of view during the time it happened. Likewise, the text itself is not racist due to the fact that slavery did happen, and
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