Stereotypes In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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There are a handful of books read in school that could be considered controversial, but The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn seems to take the cake. This fictional novel by Mark Twain has many lessons and great ideas on maturation, friendship, violence & cruelty in society, African-American history, and morals. Some people, though, don’t see the positives of reading this story. They see the inappropriate language, the stereotypes used against Jim, and the light treatment of the horrors of slavery towards the end of the novel. Although The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is regarded as one of the most classic American novels, some may say it is too inappropriate to be taught amongst high schoolers. Argument’s have been made that students have taken offense to the overuse of the racial slur against African-Americans. In the article “Parent Objects to ‘Finn’ Slur” by Meghan E. Moravcik, Dolores Fisher makes the case that the slur makes her son, who is the only African-American student in his class, uncomfortable. I’m sure that many parents agree with her position considering the slur brings negative thoughts and feelings towards African-American culture. If the language isn’t what sets people off, it is the harsh stereotypes used against Jim and slavery not being portrayed in a negative enough light. Although they are on this long…show more content…
In chapter 2, Tom Sawyer wants to pull practical jokes on Jim while he’s asleep.
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