Should Huckleberry Finn Be Censored

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The novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain takes place in an era before the Civil war, which was a time imbued with primitive views, that are frowned upon today in our more advanced society. Throughout the novel, many characters freely use the word “nigger,” similar to how most people of the South did in the Antebellum period. There have been many debates on whether or not the word should be replaced with a softer word, due to it being taught in schools as part of the curriculum. However, many people argue against the “softening” of the book, because changing some of the words may also change the meaning of the story, and the 19th century feel to the book. In order to retain the essence of the book, it is imperative that the original story written by Mark Twain is taught in schools, and is not changed. The book is often times seen as racist, due to how African American characters are treated in the book. You still have to keep in mind, that the reason Mark Twain exaggerated these events is because he was writing in the perspective of a teenage boy named Huck Finn, who was helping Jim, a runaway slave reunite with his family, while overcoming internal conflict along the way.. Huck himself didn’t refer Jim and any other black man as “niggers” as often as other characters. Most of the demeaning language came from other characters. When he met Tom’s Aunt Sally, he pretended to be Tom and explained he was late because "We blowed out a cylinder-head." When Aunt Sally asked if anyone was hurt, Huck said "No'm. Killed a nigger." Aunt Sally was relieved to hear that, and said "Well it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt." (223) This is important to the story, because that is exactly how people from the South thought about African Americans in the antebellum period. Huck Finn is a novel that is revered as one of the greatest books ever written in

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