Huckleberry Finn Arguments

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The huge controversy about New South editors/publishers being justified in altering Mark Twain’s original format of Huckleberry Finn has become a large topic of discussion among students and adults all over the United states. There are many people that have an opinion on this topic and more and more we are hearing their voices about it. I believe Twain purposely placed the word, “nigger” in his book to cause shock and really emphasize how unusual the relationship between Huck and Jim had become. New South Editors/Publishers were not justified, in my opinion, to change Twain’s work because the word was put there to stand out and really show you the way people felt back in 1885. The feeling and points Twain was trying to convey with the word,…show more content…
This book is challenging in understanding its meaning and actually reading the literature. People trying to argue for New South Editors/Publishers most often bring up the point that some children are not mature enough to handle reading “the N-word” and the conversation that comes along with it. Because it can be so challenging to understand you are most likely not offered this book until about high school, and by the time you are fourteen I do believe you could handle reading “the N-word”. I also understand that some kids do mature faster or slower than others but if you are smart and responsible enough to handle high school you can handle the uncomfortable conversation that comes along with it. Timothy Say said, “…it’s naïve to believe that anyone who is old enough to read Huckleberry Finn would not know the racial epithet or why it is offensive” (Say). When you are in high school or even eighth grade the chances you have already been exposed to this word is very high. The only difference now is that you have to talk about it, which although can be awkward and uncomfortable it is something you can work past and mature from the…show more content…
To me, there should be no difference when an African American should say the word to when they read it or hear it, no matter who is saying it. I do believe that if Mark Twain were African American there would be little to no controversy surrounding the use of that word in this book. Paul Butler said, “Mom said, about the perpetrators, “You just want to say ‘those dumb niggers’ but you don’t because there are white people in the room.” (Butler) This double standard seems so absurd because in this article this man goes off about how he felt uncomfortable and discriminated when this word was said but then turns around and agrees with his mother (who said the above quote). I would completely support any African American that said I do not use this word when talking to anyone, but more times than not, that is not the case. I would have no desire to use, “the N-word” but to say that only one race is able to say the word is discriminating the other races when you think about it. When you complain about people using a word and then you use it you are not setting a good example and your request will not be taken seriously. Even if you were to agree with only African Americans being able to use this term, it still does not justify New South editors/publishers changing Twains original work. It was a commonly used term back then and anyone who is offended by the use of it should understand it is such an important
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