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Controversial in death as he was in life Mark Twain has been accused by some of being a racist writer whose writing is offensive to black readers Perpetuates cheap slave-era stereotypes and deserves no place on todays bookshelves I personally believe that no book should be banned however I do believe that it should not be taught in class rooms where teachers do not have enough patience to help the students to closely follow the story because when students dont read closely the plot line is missed and the students dont get Huck Finns true meaningFor Twains critics the novel is racist on the face of it and for the most obvious reason many characters use the word nigger throughout the story about once per page Since the book takes place in the South twenty years before the Civil War I think it would be amazing if they didnt use that wordA closer reading also reveals Twains true intent In one scene for instance Aunt Sally hears of a steamboat explosion Good gracious Anybody hurt She asks Nom comes the answer Killed a nigger But anyone who imagines that Mark Twain meant this literally is missing the point Twain is using this casual dialogue ironically as a way to underscore the harsh truth about the old south that it was a society where perfectly nice people didnt consider the death of a black person worth their notice To drive the point home Twain has the lady continue Well its lucky because sometimes people do get hurt What is the book really about Its about a slave who breaks the law and risks his life to win his freedom and be reunited with his family and a white boy who becomes his friend and helps him escape Because of his upbringing the boy starts out believing that slavery is part of the natural order but as the story unfolds he wrestles with what his values really
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