Thesis: Huck Finn needs to remain on school reading lists because it allows students to discuss slavery openly, understand the times of the South during this time, and where to learn to draw the line on censorship.
TS: Twain’s use of the n-word enables readers to discuss slavery openly.
CD: “not one of them mentions the word. They dance around it” (C)
CD: “etiolates the crushing, dehumanizing, institutional forces against the character, and minimizes Huck’s enlightenment” (F)
CD: If we can’t do that in the classroom, we can’t do that anywhere” (C)
CD: “parents feel the need to shelter children from a dark and ugly truth...” (H)
TS: Twain’s use of the n-word was used because of the times.
CD: “common racial epithet in the antebellum South” (B)
CD: “filled me with rage where the word popped up”
“this was Twain’s purpose” (H)
He wanted to show that slavery was wrong and since people get so worked up about the n-word it proves that he got his point across.
TS: Huck Finn requires people to think about the past while examining slavery outside of their comfort zone.
CD: “modern readers are already too comfortable.” (F)
CD: “stop dumbing down our educational experiences; we’re getting dumber by the minute as it is” CD: “as intended, it is a scathing indictment against slavery, hypocrisy, gender roles… and class”
TS: If Huck Finn is eliminated because of Censorship than many other books would have to be edited as well.
CD: “take out the murder from “Lord of the Flies” (H)
CD: picture of J