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An Essay on the Banning of the Novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain from High Shcool Reading Lists
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Banning te novel Huck Finn from school reading listsMy essay deals with banning the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from high school reading lists and why this behavior is inappropriate Specifically it addresses the following questionColumnist James J Kilpatrick wrote that Huck Finn is a fun book for white boys to read For black children I have come to realize it is a brutal slap in the face He condemns the book because of its use of the word nigger Many school districts have banned this book for the same reason What are your views on this subject Since the Civil War racism has been a very delicate issue with the American public Whereas some people have tried to transgress this issue pretending that race no longer plays a significant role in our country other people still believe that there are serious racial dilemmas in the United States I am one these people However unlike some I do not believe this problem can be solved by avoiding or sugarcoating the issue of race as James L Kilpatrick and several schools appear to be doing In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain presents an adventure story filled with deeper meanings and controversial topics two in particular being slavery and racism Despite the usage of the word nigger and the stereotypical portrayal of African Americans I do not think schools have any justification in banning this book from reading lists Mark Twain wrote Huck Finn during the Reconstruction period in the south at a time when most Americans wanted to forget all about the institution of slavery and its consequences However Twain set the time period of this novel prior to the Civil War when slavery was at its peak Thus the racist views he included in the book mirrored the attitudes of most southerners during this time Those that say that Huck Finn is inappropriate to be read in schools are in effect
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