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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn according to Ernest Hemingway Along with Ernest many others believe that Huckleberry Finn is a great book but is the novel subversive Since this question is frequently asked people have begun to look deeper into the question to see if this novel is acceptable for students in schools to read First off subversive means something is trying to overthrow or destroy something established or to corrupt as in morals According to Lionel Trilling No one who reads thoughtfully the dialectic of Hucks great moral crisis will ever again be wholly able to accept without some question and some irony the assumptions of the respectable morality by which he lives or will ever again be certain that what he considers the clear dictates of moral reason are not merely the engrained customary beliefs of his time and place Trilling feels that Huck Finn is such a subversive character that this will not make people believe in something totally again because they will fear being wrong like the society in Huckleberry Finn was I believe this and I think the subversion in the novel is established when Mark Twain begins to question the acceptable morality of society Twain uses humor and effective writing to make Huckleberry Finn a subversive novel about society in the 19th century Huck Finn a boy referred to as white trash is a boy that has grown up believing totally what society as taught him This passage shows an example of how society teaches him And keep them till theyre ransomed Ransomed Whats that I dont know But thats what they do Ive seen it in the books and so of course thats what weve got to do Well how can we do it if we dont know what it is Why blame it all weve got to do it Dont I tell you its
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