Huck Finn Essay

773 Words Mar 10th, 2011 4 Pages
Huck Finn Essay
Question: Should the word “nigger” be censored and replaced with the word “slave” in the newly published editions of Huck Finn? Defend or Reject claim
Ernest Hemingway once said, “all modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain, called Huckleberry Finn:” However, Huck Finn has had its share of controversy. There has been an ongoing debate to whether or not schools should continue to teach Huck Finn because of the obvious racial components and the constant use of the word “nigger”. This word has evolved to be very hurtful and very sensitive to African-Americans and the constant repetition of this word in the novel causes teachers and students alike to be uncomfortable. A southern publishing company has
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Mark Twain words should not be tinkered with because the trouble isn’t merely adulterating Twain’s text. It’s also adulterating social, economic and linguistic history that Twain is trying to satirize and explain in Huck Finn. Mark Twain’s original goal in writing Huck Finn was to stir up people in order to transcend race and evolve as a people. His consciousness and awareness is larger than that of any of the characters in the novel, including Huck. Part of what makes the book so effective is the fact that Huck is too innocent and ignorant to understand what's wrong with his society and what's right about his own transgressive behavior. Twain, on the other hand, knows the result. The world of Huck serves as a living reminder of where we’ve been as a people. Huck and Jim’s friendship serves as a beacon of a mutual respect between races. The novel is told from the perspective of Huck, who, as the product of a deformed society, has much to learn from Jim. Huck discovers that Jim has escaped in order to avoid being separated from his family. And Jim plans to use this freedom to reclaim his wife and children. Huck concludes that that Jim loves his family just as much as any white man. This serves as another example of Twain using satire to convey his point that black people are human and have feelings, contrary to popular belief.
Huck and Jim enjoy a degree of equality and idyllic life while on the raft and the river. But

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