Don't Ban Huck Finn Essay

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Every word in a book brings out a different effect or emotion, if a sentence is missing this word the effectiveness of the sentence is weakened. In the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain uses the word “nigger” over 200 times in a book of 293, that’s almost the work “nigger” on every page. But this word makes a strong statement in this story and is needed to tell the story with it’s full meaning. So why is it that people want to ban this book from schools? Is it really just because of this word? Well this word is not offensive unless taking in the offensive manor in which this book does not present. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain should not be banned from schools because many people hear this word quite often in rap music, it would take away the meaning of the story, and this would be a from of censorship. The word “nigger” is used quite in the modern rap music. According to Michiko Kakutani’s statement in “Lights Out, Huck, They still want to sivilize you” , “Rappers use the word “nigger” all the time, students are exposed all the time.” And this is very true, in many songs now a days the modern rapper uses “nigger” as an appealing word. Jim Netter, the former chairman of the Legal Redress Committee for the Western Wayne County chapter of the NAACP, said he doesn’t think the book should be banned, either, as long as rappers toss racial slurs around in their lyrics. He also said, “We say nothing whn it’s in rap songs, nut we want burn the books of history.” The words in the music today is worst then the words used in books but yet we say nothing when it comes from the lips of a rapper but when it comes from the pages of a book it becomes a big controversy. If these words could be used so loosely then why should Huckleberry Finn be banned for this reason. For this story to be as effective as the author Mark Twain intended, the

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