Racism in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
An in-depth discussion on the controversy surrounding the presence of racism in Mark Twain's novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
# 147917 | 3,313 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2011 |
Published on Aug 10, 2011 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism) , Education (General)
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The paper addresses the relationship between the black Jim and the white Huck in the book as well as Twain's use of the term "nigger" to explore whether the book condones racism. The paper shows how there are arguments that the book defends racism but that it also condemns racism. The writer of this paper believes that each side of the debate can still find Twain's novel valuable in a discussion of the effects of racism on society and the role literature plays in supporting or debunking that racism.
From the Paper:"An iconic American author, Mark Twain has been a staple in high school and college classrooms for years. The humorous Southern author who worked as a riverboat pilot, printer, and newspaperman before becoming an author ("Mark Twain: Biography") is often an interesting subject for high school students. His novels are taught with cultural significance, humor, and stylistic choices worthy of study. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has long been a favorite among the high school teaching crowd. Not only is it a piece of classic literature, but the novel's main character, the adventurous, miscreant Huck Finn, is a protagonist with which high school students can easily relate. But not everyone is pleased with this book or its inclusion in the high school classroom. In 2007, the Dallas News reported on a controversy regarding teaching the book in the high school classroom, and this controversy was just one in a string of debates questioning whether or not the book should be taught in high schools (Fox). So why is the book so controversial?"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Alonso, Alex. "Won't You Please Be My Nigga: Double Standards with a Taboo Word." Streetgangs Magazine. 30 May 2003. 17 April 2009. < http://www.streetgangs.com/magazine/053003niggas.php>
- Depalma, Anthony. "A Scholar Finds Huck Finn's Voice in Twain's Writing About a Black Youth." The New York Times. 7 July 1992. 17 April 2009. <http://www.nytimes.com/1992/07/07/us/a-scholar-finds-huck-finn-s-voice-in-twain-s-writing-about-a-black-youth.html?pagewanted=2>
- Fox, Laurie. "Huckleberry Finn N-word lesson draws controversy." The Dallas News. 1 November 2007. 17 April 2009. <http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/110107dnmethuckfinn.1c65c58d9.html>
- Gregory, Leslie. "Finding Jim Behind the Mask: The Revelation of African American Humanity in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Ampersand. 13 January 1998. Florida Gulf Coast University. 17 April 2009. <http://itech.fgcu.edu/&/issues/vol1/issue1/huckfinn.htm>
- Kennedy, Randall. "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word." The Washington Post. 11 January 2001. 17 April 2009. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/books/chap1/nigger.htm>
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