Should The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn be taught in 8th grade?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a classic novel by Mark Twain, is being questioned by adults everywhere. The question is whether or not it should be taught in eighth grade. A parent who reads between the lines of Huckleberry Finn could easily see that it is a stepping stone into maturing a child’s young mind and preparing it for the real world. It is those parents who fail to see the ideas behind the book, those parents who are blinded by that one word, nigger, that don’t understand how necessary it is for an eighth grade child to read the book. No matter how harmful the word is, the concept behind the book overcomes that evilness in the word and it changes your thoughts and perspective of life. Huckleberry Finn is a life altering tale of a young white boy and a black slave who overcome their differences to see the good in each others heart and not the taint of their skin. Every adolescence should read the book in 8th grade because it positively changes their life forever, and that is caused by the lesson they learn from the black slave, Jim and the white boy, Huck. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up ... to go and humble myself to a ******; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'da knowed it would make him feel that way.” (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Race Quotes) In this quote it’s showing how Huck sees past Jim’s race and accepts him for having human qualities. Quotes from the book like this one, only help prove the fact that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not a racist novel. Also, David Bradley talks about how when Huck comes back to that raft, he says “they’re after us” not “they’re after you”. (Staff) This is the part of the book that shows the American dilemma-whether or not blacks are going to get along with whites. In the end, Huck and Jim become friends and...
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