Should Huckleberry Finn Be Banned In Schools

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Should Huckleberry Finn be banned from high school curriculum? There has been and, most likely, always will be much controversy over The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being taught in high schools all over America. This book has been under pressure ever since it was published in 1885. To some individuals, the novel is considered one of the best enduring American classics that we have today that is a very important part of our history, and to others it is thought of as a worthless piece of racist trash that only educates children that cheating, lying, stereotyping/discriminating, incorrect grammar and foul language are acceptable behaviors in society. Many people believe that the degrading and disturbing term “nigger” is used unnecessarily and superfluously throughout the novel while others say that it only brings to light the punitive reality of our history. Huck Finn is a very important part of American Literature and demonstrates to students the harsh reality of our past which is why it should not be removed or banned from high school classrooms and libraries. Twain wanted Huck Finn to satirize the South and its slow, painful development of eradicating slavery and…show more content…
We live in a society where the vast majority of the population has moved past the principles of slavery and racism, therefore there is really no reason to be insulted by the language and actions in Huck Finn. We need to accept the reality that our world used to be like that and learn from our mistakes. If we banned everything that could possibly offend a specific religion, culture, race, or any other group of people, many vital books and other pieces of literature would be left out, changing the way students learn and hiding the truth of our past from
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