11, February 2013.
AP Synthesis Essay
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain controversy was struck due to the excessive use of the term “nigger” when referring to the African American Jim. The book is commonly read by parents to their children in their younger years. Some parents would disagree with the idea of exposing their children to that type of language and action at such a young age, but others would argue to say that showing how change was made over time would help the child understand more about then and now. The book being read and analyzed in schools could help students understand more about what has happened in the past, and it could teach more of a life lesson about discrimination and racism, but it could also cause spark up trouble between the hormonal teenagers due to the way whites viewed blacks during the time period that the book was written. Introducing a book such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to students at their stage of maturity could change their outlooks on themselves, others, and the world around them. Around the time of high-school students are now teenagers, they’re staring to wonder more about what has happened in the past with slavery and discrimination amongst whites and blacks. Opening up the book to students in the classroom can demonstrate how the study of American literature can be an effort to defeat segregation and cultural separation all over the world (Source A.) The relationship between Jim and Huck throughout the book changes from a strange relationship into a friendly, sincere bond. Knowing that Huck was white and Jim was a “nigger” they weren’t supposed to get along, but the relationship that they develop means something special. The significance of their friendship portrays that segregation isn’t something that you should do, it’s just an option. At the beginning of the book Huck plays a prank on Jim when they were...
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