Why Should Huck Finn Be Banned

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Throughout history, there have been many controversies concerning books causing them to either be challenged or straightforwardly banned. For a lot of these books, they are banned in certain regions due to viewer discretion, such as the case with the mature topics noted in J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a picaresque novel by Mark Twain, however, is generally distinguished as a racist, due to diction, and for that reason one of the most challenged books of all time. Despite the negative connotation surrounding banned books, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, their people who will argue the book's impact on the world. Ever since The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in the…show more content…
Huck Finn has been plagued with controversy over the years for a few reason. The slave in the story, Jim, is aided by Huck Finn in an attempted escape from Phelps’ Farm. This is where controversy first began for the book. The idea of such an interaction was taboo. In more modern times Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is faced with debate and controversy on the accord that the dialect portrayed in the book and the story itself has racist intent, which is further uncovered by media and public outcries. This was not a problem in the past, however, as such speech was not weighed as heavily. The main reason for modern criticism of the book comes from racial views. An example of this can be found in Telling the Truth in a Tight Place,"Campaigns were afoot to have Huckleberry Finn banned from classroom use; the book was being denounced on national television as "racist trash"; and the continuing focus on Mark Twain's alleged "degradation" of American Americans-epitomized, of course, by the treatment of Jim in the Phelps Farm section, proved that the critical issues were not to be so easily resolved."(Macleod, Christine) This means that as Mark Twain’s book received commercial attention, society became discontent with the book and wanted to have it removed from schools. Racial degradation was the basis of the testimonies against Huck Finn. It views like this, however, which is why Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is so controversial, as peoples opinion usually
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