Huckleberry Finn Criticism

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John Doe English 11 30 May 2014 Fighting for Writing Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn criticism has two sides. One argument posits that this novel should definitely be taught in schools because it teaches the importance of integrity over racism while others argue that its use of raw offensive language and questionable content is vulgar, unnecessary and racist in nature. Twain wrote this book knowing the criticism that might come with it but stated that an in depth analysis as to the validity of the book is unimportant to the message it sends. Twain argues this by bluntly by positing in the beginning of the novel that, "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted;... persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot." Twain is establishing from the get go that this novel should not be argued or criticized because it may be offensive to people but that it should be read as a novel that shows two men who find friendship despite racial boundaries. Although there is a growing concern regarding Huck Finn as being too racist and too blunt, this novel should be taught at schools because it provides a valuable lesson about how equality and high sense of morals prevails over societal views and racial barriers. Twain created the character Huck to serve as an example of the type of person people should be aspire towards. Huck unlike most everyone in the south, ignores racial barriers set forth by society and does what he believes to be right. Hucks test of this philosophy occurs at three main points the first being when he is confronted on the river by two passer-byers who ask to check his raft for a runaway slave. Instead of giving into the pressure of society, Huck makes up a lie to stop them from finding Jim. Huck again is tested in this situation when he is faced with decision to catch up to the men and

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