Huckleberry Finn Research Paper

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a literary classic that has been censored and rewritten throughout the ages. Shrouded in controversy, Huck Finn has been banned since the day it was published. The reasons for this vary by the time period, and lately it has been banned because of its repeated use of the racial slur “nigger”. Many schools have taken The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn off of their required reading lists and have thus tucked this issue under the rug and forgotten about it. They forget how this historical literary classic has paved the way for other American literature and refuse to teach it because it is simply “too offensive”. Although Huckleberry Finn is a controversial novel that uses “nigger” excessively, you cannot…show more content…
They know what it is, when it happened, and what demographics were affected. Their history classes have taught them the textbook definitions of what slavery and racism are. But do they really, truly understand how it has affected our culture and history? Do they really understand what it was like to experience dehumanization of an entire race? No. Of course not. Students are not able to experience firsthand the effects of racism, so the only experience they can get is through literature of that time. Mark Twain wrote about these topics that teachers of this age find hard to discuss. Jane Smiley in “Literature’s Dual Life in the Case of Huckleberry Finn” explains that “when a nation’s history is fraught with conflict” it is best to “talk it out” because these subjects are meant to be difficult and the only way to bring true understanding of it is to analyze it (Source K). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an irreplaceable tool to help understand the true historical context of such difficult issues. David Matthews in “Dumbing and Numbing Down Jim” clarifies that even removing the offensive words in the novel takes away from the actual meaning and history behind the story (Source F). When you take out all of the offensive parts of Huckleberry Finn, you are left with a runny, watered down version of history. The reason why it is offensive is to make you angry and shocked and embarrassed about your
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