Power Of Words In Huck Finn

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The Power of Words In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, one particular word is creating a deep controversy in the reading community. The word, “Nigger” is used in the novel as a derogatory term for a black person. The mentioned “six letter word” is subject to much debate on whether or not The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be published without the word. Although the novel has been republished without the word, readers from all across the United States have been arguing that taking away the dreadful “six letter word” demoralizes the history, pain, and learning opportunities that the word carries in the novel. From reading the expertly-crafted novel, I feel that the word should not be taken out of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I feel this way because there is a deep history and suffering that is behind the word, and taking it out of this novel is the equivalent of removing the word from American…show more content…
The act of trying to make the novel more suitable for younger readers is pointless, as the novel still requires the maturity level of high schoolers even without the word. The novel still covers topics that are deeply emotional, and unsuitable for younger readers. As for the general public, if numerous people are still nervous about reading the word, then they should not be reading the book at all, as all of its contents require a level of seriousness and maturity that being afraid of reading a discriminatory word undermines. The novel is a superb example of how today’s society can learn from past mistakes and comprehend the fact that words such as “nigger”can have a profound impact on distinct groups in American culture. I feel that the “six letter word” should remain in the novel, and continue to serve as a teachable moment for mature people to learn and discover a different time period in American
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