Huckleberry Finn Controversy

Essay by lilbeddoeHigh School, 10th gradeA+, July 2006

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The reading and teaching of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" written by Mark Twain is very controversial. Due to many African American Parents argue that the word nigger appears more than two hundred times making Huck Finn a racist book. Racism is discrimination or prejudice based on race. The parents feel that this racism distracts their children from concentration. The critics of this book know that is racism is a bad thing but that does not mean that it should be banned. No one is forced to read this book it is often a choice out of three. Huck Finn should still remain core reading for literature classes but students should be given Huckleberry Finn as an option as well as two other books. This will not stop racism and children cannot be protected from racism.

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is a very controversial book to read and teach.

Many arguments consisted of heart filled statement by African American parents and the word nigger, which appears in the novel over 200 times, affected others. " For me each sound of the word 'nigger' rings put like the sound of the rifle fire, as the bullet tears through the face of Dr. (Martin Luther) King," said Chester Stevens founder of African- Americans Parents Coalition. (Beckett, South Bay tackles Huck debate). The word nigger is a harsh word that brings out great emotions in people, which makes the read of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", very controversial. The "N" word brings a vulgar image of the past it is an ugly word and can be taken very offensive. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a greatly acclaimed book; it is not the only book out there. "A Department for Public Instruction has a policy stating...