Huckleberry Finn Should Be Banned Essay

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Society has had problems with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn shortly after being published. Huckleberry Finn was first published in January of 1885 and only two months later in March of 1885 the book was banned. The problem first with the book was it was too friendly toward African Americans and believed to lead children astray from certain values. Now over 100 years later “Huckleberry Finn is still making news” (Pitts). Now in the 21th century we have a problem with Huckleberry Finn not because of kindness to African Americans or believing it would lead children astray from traditional values but because of “one reason - one word: nigger” (Pitts). This word has been seen as a problem in the classrooms and teachers and schools refuse…show more content…
Not only do most people believe the word is needed, some believe replacing the ‘N-word’ with slave is not accurate because within the book Jim ran away from slavery “Twain’s point is that he can’t run away from being a nigger”( Larry Wilmore). As many believe keeping the book in its original print allows to teach every good values and lessons it offers, replacing the word with slave not only takes out teachable moments but now teachers readers “bad history”(Larry Wilmore). Having the ‘N-word’ in the book, having us read it, having us say it, forces us to think more about race and racism in reality. Many argue replacing the ‘N-word’ with slave changes the book as in, the values or the book rather is not Twain 's work anymore. The arguments are approaching this as thinking if this is the children’s first encounter with slavery, and since there is a possibility it means no one should mess around with the book because “there is a reality there that you cannot avoid”(Bradley). Although many believe in keeping Mark Twain 's original print, many also that replacing the ‘N-word’ may help the book be more approachable to schools. Having no intentions in replacing the book completely with the new edited version, the publishers want to create an alternative for those who refuse to teach the book due to its language. The publishers aim are at schools who already banned the book, giving them the
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