Should the word “nigger” be used in high school literature? That is the tough decision that many high school teachers face when try to decide whether or not to teach The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Huck Finn uses the n word throughout the book to refer to a friend who is a slave. Even though that word can be very offensive, it is a big part of our history that high school students should be mature enough to learn about. Many students do not continue on to college after high school; therefore, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be allowed to be taught in high school. Without the teaching of Huck Finn in high school, teachers would lose a teachable moment for that word, and in order for students to have a better future, we want to understand the past better, including offensive terms like this. …show more content…
High schools that refuse to teach this book because of the n word are losing a perfect teachable moment. It is an opportunity to teach about how blacks were treated in the past and how that word came along. Back then for whites, it was just what white people called black people. Nowadays it is not okay to call people that, but high school students should be able to read about it and not throw a fit. Most students are already aware of the n word so reading a book that uses it should not be a problem. Teachers should just focus more upon what the book is actually about and relax a little more about the use of the offensive term. Some people just try to change the n word to “slave” to make the word more acceptable, but that is not how the word was used back then, so they do not need to change it
Huckleberry Finn Needs To Stay In Schools Did you know that Mark Twain’s The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most challenged books in history. In fact, it was banned within the first year of its release. Recently, schools have been banning the book and removing it from the curriculum due to the racial slurs within it and its offensive nature towards students.
The way the book is written makes it challenging for readers to interpret the books meaning. Huckleberry Finn should not be taught at the sophomore level because of the use of the n-word, the racist actions toward Jim, and the lack of maturity in some high-school students Admittedly The Adventures of Huckleberry
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is intended to be read by an audience of that does not see colored people as equals, sees slavery as a positive point in society. Twain was able to create a scenario in which a white person believed a colored person was actually white “on the inside” and prove it will logical evidence. As a result, the use of the n-word was able to thus create various instances and themes throughout the book that would not have been possible without the use of the
There’s one thing about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn people don't agree on and it's the use of the n-word. Should it, or shouldn’t be taught in schools, there are multiple reasons why Huckleberry Finn should be taught! One of the reasons is how it shows the times back then, it gave people a visual on what “normal” looked like in the past. This book could also teach what the n-word actually means. Kids should be taught what it means in a school environment, not in the “real world” where they might not grasp the words' full meaning.
A single word, used 219 times throughout Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, causes a world of controversy surrounding this classic piece of literature (“Leave”). The use of the N-Word throughout the novel makes some people feel uncomfortable as they read and discuss the book; however, others argue that the book provides a valuable learning opportunity that gives students a refreshing perspective on racism throughout American history. Such controversy between Huck Finn’s great teaching powers, yet uncomfortable diction, proposes an everlasting question: should public schools teach The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Many people feel uncomfortable with the teaching of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in public schools due
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been one of the most controversial piece of literature since since its publication in 1884. Written by Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain, it tells the story of a boy in his early teens named Huck Finn. In an effort to escape his abusive father, Huck fakes his own death and escapes in a canoe on the Mississippi River. There he meets up with the escaped slave of Ms. Watson’s, Jim who eventually becomes a surrogate father to Huck. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn shows Huck’s moral development, as it ebbs and flows like the Mississippi river he floats down.
Some argue that the book is racist, offensive and that it should be removed from school libraries and not read in classrooms. Others argue that the book is an important piece of literature that provides valuable insight into the time period that it takes place in, the issues of race and slavery, and that it should be taught and studied as part of a broader understanding of American history and literature.
We are letting the word change a classic book into a book filled with controversy. There is even a company that makes the book without the word, changing it with the word “slave.” But even that won’t do, even if we ignore the fact that the word is making us change our literature, it doesn’t work in the context of the book in the quote “Niggers would come from all around there and give Jim anything they had, just for a sight of that five-center piece;” they use the N-word to describe free black people. But since they are now called slaves it doesn’t make as much sense and the whole meaning of the sentence is askewed. One of the main reasons people want to change/ ban the book is to forget the
Throughout history book censorship has been a widely discussed topic among educators, authors and people the general public. Many believe by censoring or banning a book is the way to go because it will avoid the uncomfortable feeling that goes along with the text. By changing the book itself the message goes away and the true meaning behind the book dissolves into a lesser value. I believe that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, should be continued to be taught in schools and classes, and that the novel itself should remain unedited. Huckleberry Finn was written in 1883 but the setting of the book took place in the south during the 1830’s a time where slavery was still prevalent during history.
Woody also states “High school students have heard it in songs, in movies, on television” (Woody). Surprisingly, students can handle hearing this word in songs and movies but once they read it in a book why is it taken differently? As stated in the article “Huck Finn should not be banned” she states “Instead of focusing on the presence of a taboo word, we must engage the tensions that exist from that word” (Galanty).There is more to this word than you think. Yes this word is offending but we have to see why Twain writes it in.
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.
The word nigger was first created by the Spanish and Portuguese meaning black. It was mainly used in the mid-twenties to victimize all black people by the whites to show that blacks were their slaves and they were inferior. Because of this, the black people still gets called “niggers” as a term to discriminate them. Even though the word nigger is offensive language, texts that contain this word should still be thought to high school students. Some reasons why suggest this is because high school students are also called young adults, which means that they are more mature than younger kids and those who know what the word nigger means will not go out and call the dark skinned people by that term.
Should Huck Finn be read and taught in schools? This question has been constantly debated since the book was published 132 years ago. According to the American Library Association, it was number 14 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books list for over a decade. Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, contains language that may be considered offensive to some, but this should be overlooked because the lessons the reader learns are more important than the language it contains. By Jim’s kindness and love towards Huck, and the different characters that have impacted Huck’s life, readers can gain a deeper understanding of how racism can lead people to judge character too soon.
Some school districts have banned the book due to the use of the “n word”, the negative portrayal of African Americans throughout the book, and Huckleberry’s distasteful character, which offers a poor role model for youth. However, these misguided administrators misunderstand Twain’s literature because Twain uses the “n word” to spotlight its offensive and dehumanizing nature, the portrayal of African Americans is