Language in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Essay

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Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is arguably the best piece of American Literature ever written. However, the excessive use of the ‘n-word’ has caused a dispute on whether the book should be censored to fit the demands of modern day readers who hope to make an edited version without the slur. The release of an edited version will reduce the message Twain is relaying to his audience.
Twain’s choice of language allows the reader to travel back in time to the 1800’s and discover how inhumane the racist society was towards the African American community. As discussed over a National public talk radio between Neal Conan and Alan Gribben, an english professor at Auburn University, “Many scholars and teachers view
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Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is arguably the best piece of American Literature ever written. However, the excessive use of the ‘n-word’ has caused a dispute on whether the book should be censored to fit the demands of modern day readers who hope to make an edited version without the slur. The release of an edited version will reduce the message Twain is relaying to his audience.
Twain’s choice of language allows the reader to travel back in time to the 1800’s and discover how inhumane the racist society was towards the African American community. As discussed over a National public talk radio between Neal Conan and Alan Gribben, an english professor at Auburn University, “Many scholars and teachers view Twain’s language as an integral part of the story(SourceD).” The word Twain repeats throughout Huck Finn, illustrates America’s past attitude towards African Americans. When we dispose of the uncomfortable diction through censoring, we are masking the truth of our own history revealed through Twain’s expressions. We must explore our heritage and comprehend why the word has such a negative connotation to this day. Because Twain’s choice of delivery is satire, he is making fun of the crude behavior of racists during the post civil war time era. He wants the reader to feel nervous and uncomfortable while revealing how harsh the society of the 1800’s, showing the sensitive language that was permitted at that time. Mark Twain himself wrote that
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