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Why Modern Readers do not view Huckleberry Finn as a Childrens Book

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Foley 1 Brennan Foley English 3 Mrs. Roux Mar. 3, 2010 Why Modern Readers do not view Huckleberry Finn as a Children's Book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, takes place during the antebellum era, and revolves around a young boy, named Huck. The antebellum era was the years right before the Civil War, so Huck was living in a dark and murky time in American History. Huck starts off by living with The Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson, who is trying to "civilize" him or make him to be what the perfect child should look like and make him act how a perfect child should act. Huck does not want that. He just wants to live how he wants, just like most youth want. ...read more.


In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn there are racial slurs, lies, and profanity. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not a children's book in today's society because of the prominent theme of race. The topic of race and racism is strong in today's society. If a modern American citizen uses racial slurs against another race in a hurtful way that citizen would be convicted with a criminal offense. A racial slur such as the word "nigger" is not tolerable today's society. The word "nigger" was used to belittle and dehumanize African American slaves, such as Jim, in antebellum United States. Through out the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, author Mark Twain includes racial slurs such as the word, "nigger" toward African American characters, such as Jim and other slaves. ...read more.


Also, Barbra L. Jackson says, "I always see a lack in participation, when studying the book, ... the students do not want to read out loud," (64). The students do not feel right saying "nigger" out loud because they do not want to offend any of their classmates. The students know that the word, "nigger" is a taboo in modern society. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be taught or read to children because of the racial slurs. The type of racial language that Mark Twain uses in the book is offensive and crude. The exposure of the racial slurs to young children would be harmful. The young children will think it is okay to say the new words they discover from reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which would get them into trouble in the future. ...read more.

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