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In his article Finns Wake Twains Huckleberry is a Flawed Masterpiece Gene Skoler takes a stand against Mark Twains the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being taught in junior and senior high schools I find Skolers argument to be contradictory and some of his points are simply irrational He recognizes that Mark Twain desired to place Huck Finn at the pinnacle of literary realism yet he criticizes Twain for creating characters that behave realistically and as they would if they were real people Twains masterpiece deserves a place in every school not only because it is a piece of literary genius but because it is a way for us to combat ignorance in our society Skoler takes great issue with the sheer number of time the word nigger appears in the novel He criticizes Twain for his frequent use of the word apparently neglecting Twains purpose for doing so Twain intended to achieve unparalleled realism with Huck Finn a purpose which Skoler recognizes when he acknowledges the novel as a stunning experiment in literary realism Skoler contradicts himself as he recognizes Twains goal of realism yet expects him to create characters that behave unrealistically Undoubtedly a boy such as Huck Finn who was raised in a southern slave state would use the word nigger without hesitation Why Skoler condemns Twain for attaining his goal of literary realism is beyond my comprehension Skolers contradiction continues with his attack on Twain for portraying Jim and essentially black men in general as ignorant and uneducated Jim displayed his ignorance through his superstitions his belief in his magic hairball his inability to recognize that the French dont speak English and his acceptance of Tom Sawyers elaborate plan to set Jim free Skoler also believes that Twain did not bestow adequate dignity upon Jim The harsh reality of it is and Twains goal was to convey reality that black men in the time period were ignorant uneducated and undignified This
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