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Huckleberry Finn, Literary Criticism

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Makaelah Smith

on 21 December 2012

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By Makaelah S., Calvin'Nae W., and Mikayla B. The Adventures of Huck Finn A Brief Overview The End The Banning of Huckleberry Finn Literary Criticism Fact #1: "Huckleberry Finn" is the third most banned book in US public schools. Statistics Roberts, Gregory. "'Huck Finn' a Masterpiece -- or an Insult." Seattlepi.com. Seattle Post Intelligencer, 25 Nov. 2003. Web. 18 Dec. 2012. Thesis We believe the reading of and analysis of "Huck Finn" is appropriate for academic and even emotional purposes, for it teaches one the injustice served to Blacks in past times, allows students to connect with each other about societal issues, and teaches one about morals and beliefs. Mark Twain Originally Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri, but raised in Hannibal on November 30th in 1835. He died on April 21st in 1910 Though he attempted many job occupations, Twain is most notable for his humorous and satirical literature. In the 1860s to the 1890s, Mark Twain was an imperialist, but afterward he changed his beliefs. Twain was also an abolitionist and a supporter of emancipation. He felt that Lincoln's Proclamation not only set blacks free, but white men as well. Mark Twain has been honored all over the world with various places and establishments named after him. General Perception of Huck Case #1 Who: Beatrice Clark and Clarisa Phair (student) What: Opposition to the reading and discussion of "Huck Finn" When: 2003 Where: Seattle, WA. Why: Against religious, moral, and political beliefs. They felt that it was "degrad[ing]" and "utterly unconscionable" (Roberts, pg 1) Case #2 Who What When Where Why Case #3 Who: Shalon Bradford What: Opposed to reading and discussing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn When: October 4th, 1996 Where: Federal Way, WA Why: Degrading language towards African Americans and the constant use of the N-word Our Opinion While we respect and understand these cases "Huck" being banned, we do not agree with standpoints of these arguments. We firmly believe that the book has a high importance to it and is nothing but beneficial to students and even teachers. Anti-Huck Author: The Pennsylvania Chapter of the NAACP Argument: "The concern we have is that to a black child it might be damaging. Also to a white child, or a Hispanic child, those words could be damaging." Opinion: I think it can be damaging if you're reading this kind of like a sponge, just absorbing. If you are set in your non-racial ways then it shouldn't effect you. Pro-Huck Author: Shelley Fisher Fishkin Argument: Huck might be black, due to the similarities between Huck and Jim. He also talks "more along the lines of a black person." Opinion: This offers a whole new take on this 125 year old view, that has probably never really been thought of. Fact #2: Fact #3: Huck Finn is the first American book with sociological implications (slavery, racism, domestic abuse, alcoholism). Video Time! Kakutani, Michiko. "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Light Out, Huck, They Still Want To Sivilize You." The New York Times. The New York Times, 07 Jan. 2011. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. Lloyd, Delia. "Huck Finn, Censorship and the N-Word Controversy." Politics Daily. Politics Daily, 2011. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. Valerie Strauss Twain Classic Bounced From Class Again; Prestigious Girls
School Joins Debate Over `Huckleberry Finn' March 4th, 1995 Washington, DC They felt like the teachers were overly sensitive to racial issues and of underestimating their ability to understand the book. Twain Classic Bounced From Class Again; Prestigious Girls School Joins Debate Over `Huckleberry Finn': [FINAL Edition]
falseStrauss, Valerie. The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) [Washington, D.C] 04 Mar 1995 98% to over 600 respondents to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that the use of the n-word should not be changed in the new book NewSouth Books plans to publish. Over the century, Twain's famous book has caused a lot of
controversy and debate all over the world. Many people
like his daring language and risky topics, but others have
had problems with his insulting terms and possible
disrespect for African Americans. Quotes "America is a society in which our ugly history is not so far gone as to allow for cold, detached analysis. Because of the mistreatment of everyone who wasn't/isn'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 "Huck Finn... A masterpiece or an insult"- Gregory Roberts
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