Analysis Of The Book ' Huckleberry Finn '

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Nigger. Throughout American history, no single word has been associated with such extensive torment, misery, and controversy as the word “nigger.” This word has been a deep concern in American history and culture, and the use of it two hundred nineteen times in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has caused a mass of debate. Despite critism on its complex and offensive subject matter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn hold enduring academic value among students and should be taught in American high schools because it serves as a medium of literary teaching, an alternative source for studying American history, and controversial topics to provoke discussion and encourage higher level thinking among students about the controversy and how it is relevant to our society and lives today. Being on the list of American literary canons, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered significant and influential to American literature and academic study today—Ernest Hemmingway claimed that all American literature sprang from this book (Mintz). In order to point out the injustices of antebellum southern society, Twain masterfully utilizes numerous literary elements, and studying these elements is not only useful, but vital for students to learn how to understand and analyze literature. First, Twain humorously presents southern society through a flippant and critical tone. He creates fraudulent, naïve, and hypocritical characters to cleverly capture southern antebellum society.
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