Should Huck Finn Be Taught in Schools

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a classic American novel by the satirical master Mark Twain. It is bursting with humor, adventure, the bonds of friendship, and many lessons to find. Translated into many different languages and read all over the world it gives people a taste of Americas harsh, but true past. With our stars Huckleberry “Huck” Finn and Jim the runaway slave this is an exceptional book to be taught in high schools, the following essay will explain why. Let’s begin with the ingenious use of three different dialects; although it confuses readers, even me, it’s easy to get the hang of. It’s a commendable act to write an entire book in that type of format. Not only is it praiseworthy but as well as educational. It shows how people communicated back then, and that we've come a long way in terms of speech, mannerisms and most certainly grammar. Now onto a new topic, the abundance of morals to find. That’s right I said find, while Huck goes on his adventure you can go on your own looking for the hidden meaning behind each corner. I’ll name a few to give you an example. Jump off the Bandwagon, be who you want to be, is what Huck teaches you right off the bat as he dodges ‘sivilization’ pushed onto him by a pair of well-meant but forceful old women. Next Pap Finn teaches the evils of alcohol, this drunkard of a father abuses Huck and is only interested in him when money’s involved, for buying more booze of course. “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another” (254) sagaciously comments the surprisingly forgiving Huck about a pair of rapscallions is the next and most prominent moral, one you don’t have to dig for as much but is still a treasure all the same. The King and Duke lie and cheat others, whites enslave, mistreat, and dehumanize blacks, Tom Sawyer exploits others for his own amusement, Colonel Sherburn (although with fair warning) kills a
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