Huck Finn Essay

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Dylan Holt Per.2 4/27/2011 Huckleberry Finn Essay Since its release in 1885, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been the center of a major controversy. When this book was written the slave trade was a huge part of everyday life and little did the society of that time know, this book is a major step towards relieving our world of the pains of slavery. Huck Finn shows not only the major conflicts that an African American would have faced but also extreme prejudice that they faced with the use of the “n-word” over two hundred times. Used mostly as a derogatory term, the “n-word” referred to the thousands of black slaves in general but has slowly become acceptable in some societal bounds as a reference to a “distinguished” man that showed “strength, intelligence, or drive” (Naylor). This term is still frowned upon by millions of people including the thousands of students and many of their parents and thus many families and groups believe that this novel should be banned from the required reading list forever. This novel has been censored, criticized and banned throughout its history because of its perceived atheism, racism, morals, and obscenity. Every bit as diverse as the reasons for attacking the novel, Huck Finn's disbelievers encompasses parents, students, authors, and even librarians. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is a powerfully influential book, however many think that the book should be banned for its crude manners, racial inequality, atheist tendencies but they do not know the intentions of Twain or how the book was written. The author wrote this novel in a satirical tone that is present throughout the entire book and “Twain Knew well what he was doing” (Powell). Huck Finn appears to, on a very basic level, attack religion and African Americans heavily but in actuality the author uses a great amount of satire to fight

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