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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is one of the greatest works of American literature ever written As Ernest Hemingway said in his book The Green Hills of Africa All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn Zwick It Huck Finn is a staple from junior high to graduate school and is second only to Shakespeare in the frequency with which it appears in the classroom Carey-Webb 22 However since Twain published his masterpiece 115 years ago it has been the subject of much unfair criticism The problem with Huck Finn is that its dated What was common language back in Twains time is now offensive to many While some say that Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn is racist the contrary is actually true Twain used the central character of Jim to portray the humanity of African Americans The book is defended because it is one of the reasons American society has changed so greatly Huck Finn brings to light American pre-Civil War culture in a way that merely stating the facts could notZwick Today the main objection to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the fact that the book contains the word nigger more than two hundred times throughout the novel As recently as last February the Pennsylvania branch of the NAACP led a charge against Huck Finn to have it removed from required and optional school reading lists But when considering the issues involved one must keep in mind that this book was written in a different time from that which we live in today There was no such thing as politically correct But since the action of the book takes place in the south twenty years before the Civil War it would be amazing if they didnt use that word So how can we hold a book
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