Why Huckleberry Finn Should Be Taught in Schools

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Mark Twain is one of America’s most prominent writers. His book portrays a dark part of America’s History through the eyes of a young white boy. However, you will not find a better book that illustrates this country’s slave era than Mark Twain’s classic. As students read the humorous journey of Huck Finn and his friend Jim, the runaway slave, they will also be learning the culture, language, and customs that were common in that time. Most schools across the country have banned the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, because they are afraid that such knowledge might have an adverse effect on kids. Our slave filled past may be a sensitive subject, but banning his book will not hide it forever. His book does not hold back when describing the culture of the time, so he uses words that may seem offensive now. If schools teach this book it will educate students and give them a chance to form their own opinions. Therefore, by teaching this novel in schools, you are allowing students to look into the past and even see the bad parts, then learn and progress from it. This classic American novel should be encouraged by schools to be taught in classrooms, even with the risks involved. Mark Twain was raised in a town where slavery existed and slaves were called “niggers”. This racial term is repeatedly used in the book and today that word is very hurtful and offensive to most people. But during Twain’s time it wasn’t like that. This is just what black people were called. Throughout the novel, Huck struggles with racism and learns of Jim’s humanity and intellectuality. He comes to realize that Jim is a person like him, but darker than him. This novel deserves to be taught in most schools because of this. It teaches students that they should understand that all people should be equal in our society. This book shows such an example between Huck and Jim. Twain’s particular word choice was probably not meant to offend anyone, but only demonstrate the reality of...
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