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Words It is amazing how powerful a word or one sentence can be As young children we were always taught growing up to watch what we say and be respectful Huckleberry Finn was not taught that way He was written as a boy who spoke his mind Mark Twain who wrote the story told it through Hucks perspective From his viewpoint came major problems Many readers disapproved of Hucks views actions and words Thus started a controversy since millions of children and young men and women read and study about Huck One major problem was Hucks use of the word nigger The word nigger was first used as negative term in the early nineteenth century During the time of enslavement the words nigger or black were inserted in front of a common American first name that was given to a slave to distinguish the slave from any local white person with the same name In African American culture the usage is so complex that it can be used affectionately politically or negatively Huck Finn in Context In the story itself the word is used hundreds of times However many fail to consider that the word was common during that period Salwan Huck uses it to simply describe his slave friend Jim Mark Twain writes the word in the story as casual dialogue mainly to show the truth about the Old South Salwan In conclusion Huckleberry Finn is a classic that has caused a major controversy The problems itself when reflected upon are only minor It seems that anyone can make a big thing out of something so little The novel was written during the time of slavery It teaches us how it was back then and not how it is now
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