Synthesis Essay On Huckleberry Finn

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American culture has a long and rich history. This deep culture has been portrayed no better than in Mark Twain’s novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” This is a classic story of a young boy who must help an escaped slave flee his master, and by the end, discovers a few things about the world, and himself, along the way. There does exist, though, controversy surrounding the novel, mostly pertaining to its use of offensive language, the novel that has clouded its true meaning and purpose. Julius Lester and Kenny J. Williams both make arguments on whether or not the book should be taught to children. By how the story was interpreted, it is clear how the authors came to their respective conclusions. Julius Lester has never read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This is important because he makes arguments with direct quotes taken from the book. While his underlying motivation is a just one, his arguments are ill informed, and his article reflects his little…show more content…
Williams has read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and where Julius Lester does not understand the novel, Williams does. He begins bye recapping the book’s long, history of censorship. “The earliest censors… believed the novel would corrupt the young” (Williams 98). In the story, Huck would spit and do rude things that were believed to be unsuitable for young readers at the time. These opinions have, however, changed. The more recent censors are still concerned about the impressionable youth, but not that they will be taught to spit, but they will be taught to use derogatory terms to refer to their peers. Williams does acknowledge the hurt that the word can cause, even though it was a common term used at the time of the book’s publication. Another of Williams’ points was on Twains racial ambiguity. “Whether of not Twain was a racist is a moot point that need not be addressed” (98). The author’s implications are irrelevant if the work delivers a good message, which it

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