The adventure of huckleberry finn by makr twain- why the book should be taught in public schools.

Essay by gigi7787High School, 10th gradeA, March 2004

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As of today cigarettes are not sold to minors, but that doesn't mean minors don't smoke them. Making laws or rules about something doesn't always get ride of the problem. Reading the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a topic many school boards cannot agree upon. Some say it leads to racial harassment and some say it makes people feel inferior. However banning the book may not solve the problems. Huck Finn should be taught in public schools.

Racial harassment is one reason this book is kept out of some schools. It is a serious offence in whether its calling someone names because of his/her color, drawing nasty pictures or just making fun of them for the way they talk. In this book the character Jim, a run away slave who befriends Huck, is portrayed as uneducated. He talks in his southern slave dialect. He doesn't finish many of his words or even say the first part of a word, his normal dialect was "I tuck out en shin down de hill, en 'spec to steal a skift 'long de sho' som'ers 'bove de town, but dey wuz people a-stirring yit" (Twain 43).

However this is not used to make fun of Jim, instead it shows the real life of a slave in the 1880's. This was how our country was before the Civil War and we have to accept that, no matter how hard it might be. Some say this book brings out racial harassment, but as David Bradley said, "the Book doesn't cause trouble, the trouble is already there" (David Bradley 1) He means that the harassment would go on even if the students had not read this book. Toni Morrison of the Oxford Mark Twain say, "Twains realistic depiction of the race relations...