When people read a work of literature many expect it to be a literary masterpiece. What makes a work of literature great is not through the approval of society, but by the author pushing his point out to the audience without regarding the disapproval from society he might receive. Although it is a controversial topic of whether Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn needs republishing due to the use of the word “nigger”, the novel teaches many lessons and reveals many truths that the world should know. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not have been republished because, simply put, it is not a racist novel. Adding on, Twain’s original publishing of his book promotes historical accuracy and legitimacy which would be not communicated towards the audience if the books are recirculated with different words to “child proof” them.
Elie Wiesel’s Night should not be banned from the book list for ninth grade because it is a book that teaches very important lessons despite the fact that it contains violent scenes. The book shows that we should treat people in a good way even if they are not like us. It reveals the horrible consequences of inhumanity, the meaningless suffering and unbearable pain of innocent people. These reasons show that the book is very important for the grown-ups because it deals with fundamental questions about humanity and moral values. This book should not be banned even though it portrays so many violent moments because it shows us the horrible reality of racial prejudice and discrimination.
Although The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can make students feel “uncomfortable," it is beneficial for students to read it. George Santayana once said, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Without knowing the mistakes of the past, how can we avoid them in the future? Society needs to be held accountable for its faults so that we do not fall into the same traps of racism and prejudice. When students feel uncomfortable while reading the novel they will realise, with guidance, why what was being done was so wrong. In the video, the man said “Mark Twain used specific language purposely, he did not want his words changed.” Current day music and social media has terrible language and the book is no
Why is To Kill a Mockingbird banned? Many people have come to realize that the award winning To Kill a Mockingbird was banned and challenged countless times. Although there are several offensive scenes in the book, very many people are outraged that their child cannot read this award winning novel. The question is, why is this novel banned? By examining the profanity, racial content, and references to rape, it’s deemed inappropriate for teens to read and is banned from several school libraries and lessons in school.
To Kill a Mockingbird should still be taught in school systems, and should not be a banned book because the novel focuses on a part of history that should not be ignored. Just because history is harsh and not always the most pleasant thing to learn about, does not mean that we can ignore it. Kenya Down with PBS said, “Being uncomfortable with history is not means to change it; people need to figure out how to confront issues.” Down also mentioned how Lee’s book is one of the most banned books
In this book, the N word shows up over two hundred times (Here's Why Banning 'Huck Finn' Over The N-Word Sends The Wrong Message). Since this book contains many racial slurs and violence, people want it banned or censored. Although, Huckleberry Finn should remain how it is because altering it changes the impact of the book, people will still be exposed to these slurs, and it is an opportunity to teach readers. The censored version of Huck Finn replaces the ‘N-word’ with the word ‘slave’. This would be an inaccurate representation because they have a
This book is mature, which can be the reason why so many people decline his work. He focused on a time when African Americans were treated badly; he brought this to his novel which brought him bad publicity. You can argue that it is racist but in reality Twain is using the real language of the time to capture and portray the South at the time, and how blacks were being treated. Throughout the novel the word “nigger” is used quite frequently by white southerners. Many people believe that way Twain being racist but that
The most brilliant controversial works of art are often banned and kept hidden from the lives of young children, adolescences and sometimes adults. Mark Twain’s notorious ‘Huckleberry Finn’ uses literature as an incredible tool in addressing certain aspects of the society. This provokes a troubling yet satisfying tension between the reader and the narrator. Mark Twain represents the societal crisis, racism, in a factious novel by illustrating the issue of racism in a way that portrays reality as infinitely more horrifying. Before beginning to discuss the artistic and political importance of “Huckleberry Finn” I feel that one must look at the book itself and the time in which it was written.
The NAACP has campaigned for the novel removed from schools on account of over 200 uses of the n-word, particularly in the passage about Jim and the witches. This only serves to humiliate and bring up painful memories that serve no purpose (Wallace). These critics also point out what appears is a degradation of Jim’s character. He falls under quite a few caricatures of the time all of which are used by the opposition to assert that Twain is abandoning any attempt to finalize the evolution observed between Huck and Jim, allowing him to fall back into the role of a “stupid quiet slave” (Caricature). While an argument can certainly be made for this theory, it is better explained by the context it is presented in.
The labeling of the novel as racist is both a misunderstanding and deviation from the truth. The academic field is the most vocal in the quest to ban the book and save children from perceived moral deterioration. This hurdle is overcome by the fact that the book is only meant for adults. Furthermore, the proposition of inappropriateness of words such as nigger and Injun as used in the book is not enough to discredit the positives of the book and are therefore insignificant. Therefore, I propose on readers to focus on the greater good of the book and bypass the insignificant orientation of the language by aligning with the fact that the language is a construct of the 19th century Missouri
From complaints such as; this book is racist, and it is discrimination against “Black” people, the novel was removed from the Concord, Massachusetts, Public Library. (Apstein) In another case, the novel was marked as number five on the American Library Association’s “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999.” (“Fight”) It isn’t shocking that the novel ended up on the list with all the misunderstandings that happened. All the complaints against the book were for being racist, and it is not a racist novel if you have the right understanding of the time period. People argued among one another about whether the novel should be kept in classrooms or not, and people just do not understand. Some people are not as extreme with their ideas about the novel but some do believe it has no right to be taught it in classroom.
He was controversial for his time period and highly misunderstood. The writer of the famous book Little Women was opposed to Mr. Twain’s style of writing. As a primarily youth author he described some pretty bold and touchy subjects. Critics often said that children should not be exposed to such vulgarity as Alcott demonstrates here when she says “If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure minded lads and lasses, he had best stop writing for them (Alcott 1868)”. One critic says: “Perhaps no other American author is so widely misunderstood as Mark Twain (Hearn 4)”.