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To teach or not to teach This is the question that is presently on many administrators minds about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain For those who read the book without grasping the important concepts that Mark Twain gets across in between the lines many problems arise A reader may come away with the impression that the novel is simply a negative view of the African-American race If we believe that Huck Finn is used only as a unit of racism we sell the book short I feel that there is much to be learned about Blacks from this book and it should not be banned from the classroom This is only one of many themes and expressions that Mark Twain is describing in his work I believe that in Huck Finn slavery is used as insight into the nature of blacks and whites as people in general Overall the most important thing to understand is that Mark Twain is illustrating his valuable ideas without pushing them upon the reader directlyI believe that Huck Finn teaches a reader two important lessons about the true nature of people Throughout the book one of these main lessons is that Blacks can be just as caring as whites The white characters often view the blacks as property rather than as individuals with feelings and aspirations of their own Huck comes to realize that Jim is much more than a simple slave when he discusses a painful experience with his daughter Jim describes how he once called her and she did not respond He then takes this as a sign of disobedience and beats her for it Soon realizing that she is indeed deaf he comforts her and tries to make up for the act of beating The feeling that Jim displays shows Huck that Jim has a very human reaction and the fact Jim says Oh Huck I bust out cryingOh the po little thing Twain
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