Is "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" appropriate for school?

Essay by guitarfreak165High School, 10th gradeA+, November 2004

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Mark Twain is an all American author. Many of his books have influenced American culture and have been passed from generation to generation. They never fail to bring up questionable topics or start interesting conversations. The banning of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in schools would be preventing future generations from learning part of their American culture. Mark Twain's books not only represent American history, but his main characters are easy to relate to and teach valuable lessons.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a great representation of America's history. It shows the day-to-day life of people that lived in its time. It portrays the relationships between blacks and whites they way they were, and how most people did not accept them. The book also hints that alcoholism was just as big of a problem back then as it is now. In the story Mark Twain did not hold anything back when it came to racism, he wanted the people to hear the real story and remember it.

That is why it would be a shame to censor this book from schools; it would be depriving students of America's history. Even if America's history is not the easiest subject to talk about.

A good reason The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is picked to read over other books in high school is because teenagers can easily understand and relate to the main character, Huckleberry Finn. Teenage students can relate to him because in the story he is a lost boy as many people are during their teenage years. He had many problems with his family. His mother died when he was a young boy and he was left to be brought up by his father. His father was abusive and a drunk. Most all teenagers deal with some kind of...