Huckleberry Finn or Huckleberry Finished?

Morgan Boyer
Harvey
English III
February 5, 2013

Huckleberry Finn or Huckleberry Finished?

As a requirement for all students enrolled in high school across the country, English courses provide a new way to experience history, understand life, and connect themes through carefully designed curriculums. The literatures these classes explore are chosen because of their literary merit and educational opportunity. The novel written by Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is one of the works selected for American literature courses, and is no exception to this standard. Twain's masterpiece is the story of an interracial friendship between Huck Finn, a white 13-year-old boy, and ...

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Despite these critiques, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should indeed remain a required reading for high school level American literature courses.

The novel provides students with a perspective on the major historical issue of racism in a refreshing way in comparison to fact-based history books. The story takes place in a time of slavery, when blacks were considered inferior to whites, sometimes to the point of being considered less than fully human. Twain includes the term for African Americans most prominently used during the nineteenth century, "nigger", many times throughout the book. Including this term in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the polemic that those opposed to the book present as justification for expelling the book from school curriculum. One of these critics, Beatrice Clark, argues the unacceptable use of the term by saying, "It carries with it the blood of our ancestors. They were called this word while they were lynched; they were called this word while they ...

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