Throughout the United States, there are books that many school districts despise teaching and have teachers not teach, some reasons being due to obscene language and controversial topics like racism and slavery. Those reasons can make this book uncomfortable teach because some teachers don’t know how to address these topics to their students and the fear of making students upset. However, these controversial issues in books stem from history; one of those novels being, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain. High schools like Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia (Akkoc) and all Minnesota school districts (Sabur) have decided to not include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in their 11th grade teaching curriculum’s, due
Whether or not Huck Finn should be taught in schools has been hotly debated over for years. Many say that the book should be banned from schools because of the racial comments in the book; people claim that it could scar the youth, but instead teaches them morals on racism and empathy. Huck Finn should not be banned in secondary schools.
In conclusion, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should remain in schools, the book is useful because it serves as a way to introduce race into a class discussion, the book can bring up “teachable moments” as described by David Bradley in the short clip of 60 Minutes. (Schneider). Censoring books by banning them restrains readers from learning and talking about topics that may be labeled as “controversial” or “explicit”. The “n-word” has a negative connotation due to the usage of the word in the past, it is often correlated with a disrespectful attitude, however this is controversial since David Bradley describes the complexity by comparing and saying “Rednecks can make jokes about rednecks”, this in other words says that one is not “allowed
Starting from a young age, everyone loves to go on adventures and have fun, just like Huck Finn. Growing up in St. Petersburg, Missouri, he is a white 12 year old boy and the son of a drunken father. In the beginning of the book, Huck is seen as a little innocent boy. Until he enters the world with his friend, Tom Sawyer, as they go on adventures, which creates problems and controversy through the history of the North and South, civilization, and racism and slavery. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck has many controversial experiences that are still a problem in today’s society, which is why we should keep teaching the book in school.
American literature has always been a form of entertainment and education. When slaves were introduced as characters in books, they were always negative, stereotypical characters, but not until 1883 when Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a change made. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book about a southern white boy in the 1800’s that runs away with an escaped slave on the Mississippi River. For years, schools have been debating on if the book should be banned in schools or not, and it is already on a variety of banned lists. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be banned in schools because it is an anti-slavery novel that teaches students valuable lessons and informs students of the past culture.
I think Huckleberry Finn should be taught in high schools all across the country rather than in college. The reason it should be taught in high school is because it really shows how harsh real life is and the troubles people face every day. Also, it shows how life was like back in the day giving students a chance to relive the past most people want to forget. There are many views of this topic that are contradicting in this paper I will go into my view and explain my reasoning.
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. His works need to be recognized by the various people that believe that his books are too mature for children that he targets a more mature audience. It is wrong to alter something that is so deeply rooted in history, just to meet the demands of society resulting in the loss of many lessons embedded in his work. Overall, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a brilliant work of literature that isn’t
After reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by: Mark Twain due to serval different quotes throughout the book I don’t believe that this book should be banned. This astonishing and motivated novel should be kept in libraries all around the world for kids just like me to read and learn about things such as: society, religion, superstition, freedom, slavery, and racism. It throws you in a time where slavery was accepted.
Original or revised, Huck Finn will still remain a great character to follow along with, and to be involved with in his adventures, but if this story is to be taught in schools then the original read needs to be read and discussed. There is no point, then, reading this story about the culture of the nineteenth century, if the offensiveness cannot be addressed in an advanced classroom. So many other books-banned books-are read every year by students, and those books along with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains some complex topics; debatable topics. In order to create capable thinkers, they need to learn how to think about the deep, uncomfortable, nitty-gritty, subjects of life. Students learn about the loss of innocence, evil, corrupt politics, death, sex, racism and much more in books like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and there are many other books which contain subjects close to these.
The appropriateness of Huck Finn being used in a High School curriculum has been a widely debated topic since the time that it was published. Many believe that the book promotes racism and stereotypes and provides no value to students in the classroom. Being a High School student that has read this book, I strongly disagree with these negative views. Some might say that Huck Finn celebrates racist stereotypes because of the way that many of the characters in the book talk about and treat black people. For example, minstrel episodes, which served the purpose of making the audience laugh at minorities’ expense, and the frequent use of the ‘N’ word, are very offensive to many people today.
Many people may not recognize the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens; however, chances are he is quite well known as “America’s favorite writer,” (USA Today) Mark Twain. For many years his classic novels, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer were taught widely in high schools and universities as coming-of-age stories and to tell what life was like on the Mississippi. Unfortunately, because of the language of the time, “Huck’s frequent use of the n-word – 214 times by one count – has prompted parents and educators to question its use in classrooms and libraries. The American Library Association reports that Hucklberry Finn was the 14th most challenged book in the past decade”
Because, these “obscene” yet acclaimed novels conveyed emotions and unconventional thoughts that continue to reverberate into the twenty-first century. Writing introduces and reminds readers of imperative issues and can incite a revolution of critical thinking. Authors only have the duty of composing authentic work, regardless of the potential objection. Mark Twain’s 1884 classic, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has frequently been cited as being racist and heretical. In the 1900s, Twain’s repeated usage of anti-Black epithets created controversy for offending readers of multiple races;
The Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been placed among the list of "most frequently banned books” because the use of racial slurs and the telling of people getting rape with the use of profanty. In my opinion, the book is a very good book and it tells a very good storyline. Back Then that is what people did and talked like, you can’t change the past of what people did calling other people names and the racist comment people told one other. That was part of history when there were colored people and white people and the two groups did not get along.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, it is a very controversial book and rightfully so, It contains many themes that aren't often discussed nowadays, including racism and the harmful effects of society. It told the story about a boy named Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim, and their adventures down the Mississippi river, and it contained many themes that may offend people. I feel that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be censored and should be like it was 130 years ago. I believe censoring it would erase history and it’s important culture, and censoring would be useless because others could just choose to ignore it.
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.