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?
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A major theme throughout American history, as well as throughout Huck Finn, is racism. Racism, a topic still raw today, should not be ignored. Jocelyn Chadwick, a Mark Twain scholar, writes, “Twain brings into schools what most of us in this country desperately need, yet fear, most: discussions-frank discussions-about race”. With the use of the N-word and dialogue such as “‘We blowed out a cylinder head.’ ‘Good gracious! anybody hurt?’ ‘No’m. Killed a nigger’ ‘Well it’s lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt,’” it becomes apparent why people take offense to the book; however, Twain is simply reflecting history as accurately as possible (Twain 210). Avoiding the book due to the use of the N-word and the portrayal of black characters does not erase that part of American history; “[f]acing that history in all its offensiveness is crucial to understanding it and transcending it” (Fishkin). Twain himself writes that “‘the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter,” which justifies his diction as he tries to authentically portray situations of the time (Fishkin). The historically accurate language, although potentially offensive, provides a truthful context that allows teachers to effectively teach about themes such as
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.
Furthermore, the n-word is used over 200 times in the book which puts students in a challenging and uncomfortable position when reading the book. Huck uses the word to belittle Jim and make himself feel superior to Jim. In one instance after playing a trick on Jim, Huck feels bad and it takes him fifteen minutes to "humble [himself] to a nigger" (Twain 89). The n-word is used to degrade people in the story and in the real world and as a result makes people uncomfortable when reading the
The “n-word” and term “slavery” both have a negative connotation to them, in regards to the book, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, the excessive use of the n-word has negatively impacted the book. As viewed by many, the immoderate use of this word has caused an uproar in schools around the United States and various schools have already begun removing this book from its curriculum. Mark Twain used the n-word a total of 219 times which has lead to many speculating that if students read this book, it will promote the language used in the book, such as the “n-word”. Although many suggest that the “n-word” impacts the book in a negative way, some also state that this word helps set the foundation of how racism was in the 1800s. A new version
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.
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.
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.
"I believe that Huckleberry Finn is one of the great masterpieces of the world..." a quote from H. L. Mencken. Many people believe Huckleberry Finn should be taught in schools, but then on the other hand many believe it shouldn’t for its vulgar language. A handful of people are offended by this book, they complain and say it’s not appropriate for high school students (Powell, Fight over Huck Finn). When the students have heard more explicit language than what is used in the book. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful tool for education because it shows many life lessons through the characters of Jim the slave, the Duke and the Dauphin, and Miss Watson and Widow Douglas.
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.
Why Would a Good Novel be Kicked out of the Classroom? A trashy and racist book wouldn 't be allowed in classrooms. The novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is getting a lot of negative talk about. The dominant problem that students, parents, teachers, and even professors, face , is the usage of the n-word.
Some American school districts have banned Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because of the novel’s use of word “nigger”. The “N-word” is used 219 times throughout the book. (News, C. (2016, October 01). Different schools approach this topic in a variety of ways. Some schools completely ban the book, others teach the book how it was written but ignore and do not discuss the word, they buy a sanitized version that replaces “nigger” with "slave", or they teach the book saying “nigger”.
“It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither.” (Chapter 15, Huck Finn). This is one of many phrases said by either Huck Finn, or the other characters in the classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. For some years now there has been an argument on one word in this quote. People are fighting for the word, nigger, to be removed from Mark Twain’s book.
The announcement of a new, censored, version of Mark Twain’s classic, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn sparked controversy across the United States in regard to which version would provide the best educational experience. Even though the revised publication may be more politically correct due to the replacement of the word “nigger” to “slave”, it dampens the milieu of the story. Additionally, the argument for censorship in the novel is flawed considering the social discomfort created from word “nigger” can be used to form an intellectual lesson or discussion. Alan Gribben’s edition of the novel is less literarily enriching because the unnecessary censorship worsens the syntax compared to the original publication.
This issue being the constant appearance of the word nigger. “The novel is banned in new school districts every year, mostly because of the maturity level of students who pretend they have never heard “nigger” ” (Woody).(Huck Finn should remain uncensored) . If Huck Finn is being banned it is because of the way people take it. Twain simply takes what is being said by the pre and post Civil War American times and adds it to his writing. As soon as readers take notice to the word they speculate that Twain just adds it because he wants to, as a matter of fact, he writes it in to show what kind of treatment they receive.
Message Behind Huck Finn Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a great part of American literature. In the book, the n word is used more than 200 times, but Twain did not merely do that to just use the word; he had a strategy. The n word has had the same meaning over time; it still has the racist and horrible connotation.