Censorship of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most well known books in American literature. This book gives the reader insight into what the South was like during the days of slavery. One man claimed this book was one of America's, "first indigenous literary masterpiece." (Walter Dean Howells) However many people wish to censor this book or remove it from schools entirely. Censoring this book doesn't allow the reader to have a full comprehension of how slaves and free black people were treated during that time period. In some versions of Huck Finn all instances of the "N" word have been taken out. In place of that word, which appears around 200 times in the book, they have put in the word, "slave." The word "Injun," which is a derogatory word for Native American had also been replaced with the word "Indian." One scholar says, "how can we expect children to learn real history if we sanitize it for them?" (Wired's Matt Bloom) Students are unable to get a full grasp on Twain's use of satire and his mocking of people's racism and ignorance during that time period if his book is censored. Another scholar says about the harsh terms in the book, "unpleasant though they may be...they are part and parcel of our country's blatantly racist past." He goes on to say, "because of the mistreatment of everyone who wasn't white, straight, and male, America is constantly defending itself instead of dealing head-on with the wrongs that it willingly played a role in." (Elon James White) White is saying that Americans want to censor the book because they want to forget about that ugly part of our past. However, students can't be expected to understand the depth of that time period if words in the book are censored. In addition, issues of the book that aren't censored are oftentimes outright banned in schools. Despite the amazing literature in Huckleberry Finn it has become the fourth most banned book in American schools. Schools...
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