The World Will Essay

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Drew Christensen Hour 0 “Honest, perceptive, and fair-minded, a loving father, and loyal friend.” are the words of Barbara Apstein, PhD and professor at Bridgewater University, describing none other than “nigger-Jim.” She goes on to say that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is actually an anti-slavery and anti-racist book. She concluded this after observing a debate on Huck Finn by Bridgewater University students. Indeed, Huck Finn is an anti-racist book, and should be taught in schools. Firstly, it portrays Jim, a black slave, as an honorable man, arguably the only honorable man in the entire book. Secondly it compels students to think critically about the characters and ideas. Thirdly, it is a great tool for teachers to teach satire, as well as other literary techniques. “The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech” Twain writes on the page immediately before the start of chapter one. However some would argue that this is a racist book because it uses the “n” word over two hundred times. Twain did this only to completely immerse the reader in the southern dialect of the time. Others would also argue that this book should be banned because Jim is shown as lacking the basic fundamentals of grammar. Using the point of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, a man should be judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character, and as such, Jim should be regarded as the hero of this book. “Honest, perceptive, and fair-minded, a loving father, and loyal friend.” In sharp contrast to the main white characters in this book. Pap for example, was a child-abusing drunkard. The King and the Duke were nothing but frauds, swindlers, and cheats. The Grangerfords and Shepardsons

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