The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Should Be Banned In The Classroom

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Number 14 on the list of 100 banned/challenged books (ALA). With a book ranked this high on the list, it only is natural that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn evokes controversy. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was first published in 1884 and was banned a year after in 1885 (Ruta). It is banned for its portrayal of stereotypes of African Americans and Southern United States culture, and most importantly its excessive use of the word “Nigger.” The book has been challenged, defended, and banned throughout the years since its release, with limited classrooms teaching it. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be taught in classrooms because of its relatability to modern day students, the realistic description of slavery, and most importantly, it is an ideal exemplar of realism and regionalism in literature. In a classroom, relation to a character can make a book interesting and be gripping to read; Huckleberry Finn is an amazing literary work because high school students can relate with the character and understand the writings beyond that of a traditional novel. The characters in the novel are constructed like real people. This is because Twain based the characters of Huck and Tom both off himself. He used these characters as a way to show his bisected childhood personalities, Himself on the River and Himself with his parents. This is stated in “The emergence of Mark Twain's Missouri: Regional Theory and Adventures
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