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THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN IN SCHOOLS Ever since it was written in 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been a controversial book. Mark Twain’s purpose in writing the book MAY HAVE been to entertain us with the adventures of a young boy named Huck as he tries to escape his abusive father; but since the book is set in Missouri before the Civil War, the plot includes many references to slavery. As a result, there has been a long-standing debate about whether or not the book should be read in schools. Currently, the book is widely read in public schools throughout the United States, however IT SHOULD BE BANNED FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUMS FOR SEVERAL REASONS. The sentences in the book contain terrible grammar, Huck is a bad role model for teenagers, and slaves are depicted as ignorant creatures. TO BEGIN, the book is filled with poorly structured sentences and misspelled words. Huck Finn, the narrator and main character of the story, makes comments such as “I waked up early” and “looky here.” Jim, the slave Huck helps to escape, has equally poor language skills. When told he must have rats in his shed, he responds with, “Why, Mars Tom, I don’t want no rats. No, sah, gimme garter snakes if I’s got to have somethin’, but don’t gimme no rats.” Furthermore, John Smith, a well-respected linguist, warns teachers that students often develop poor writing and speaking habits when they read stories that contain atrocious grammar. Consequently, the book will have a negative impact on the language development of youngsters. IN ADDITION, the books main character, Huck, may have a negative impact on the morals of today’s youth. Huck is a terrible role model. He lies frequently throughout the book. For example, when Huck meets the Grangerford family, he tells them that his name is George Jackson. When Huck needs someone to rescue a band of robbers from a

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