Why Is Huckleberry Finn Important

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Walder-1 Jared Walder 1302-31 Ms. Assink 10/25/11 Huckleberry Finn Why is it important to require students to read specified books off of the schools proposed curriculums reading list? To do so, reading can stimulate your mind and help your brain learn in such a way that not many other things can do. One of the greatest classics of all time is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It is a book in which every high school student should read. Written by Mark Twain this story depicts the relations between blacks and whites during a time of slavery. This book should be read because it was written at the time when the slavery issue was coming to a head politically, it is leading up to the civil war, and people should want to know more about their own history and the language used in that time. Huckleberry Finn’s main thematic point against slavery is the statement of Jim that then grows into love. Huck learns to treat Jim as an equal and it depicts how the character development of Jim nurtures into a real human individual, much more than a slave. I believe high school students should read this to understand what exactly it was like to be an African American slave during that pastime. This book helps them to realize life was much different back then. Such as an owner of a slave could do anything to them.…show more content…
It depicts classic American geographical features of that time and shows how society was then. America was struggling with racism during these times. In Huckleberry Finn, Twain, by exposing the hypocrisy of slavery, demonstrates how racism distorts the oppressors as much as it does those who are oppressed. The result is a world of moral confusion, in which seemingly “good” white people such as Miss Watson and Sally Phelps express no concern about the injustice of slavery or the cruelty of separating Jim from his
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