Should Huckleberry Finn Be Taught In Schools Essay

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Morgan Grace English 11 Period 6 October 3, 2013 Ernest Hemingway said “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn,” showing that Mark Twain is one of the greatest authors of all time. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be required to teach in schools because it shows readers a near-accurate account of the South and slavery in the late 19th century, with a mix of dialect from Miss’s Watson’s slave, Jim, and a look into the life that African Americans lived many years ago. It is a well-known classic that students should be taught despite what their parents may think. The South was a rough place during the 1900’s, and still sometimes is. With racism and slavery a prevalent part of life, African Americans were discriminated against and often separated from the rest of society, mostly due to ignorance from whites or the thought that they were superior. This novel provides insight into what they had to go through, and shows young readers or others who are not informed on the subject what it was like for slaves and the people in the south every day. Although the slave, Jim, was not treated as bad as some were in history, he still had no freedom; when he tried to get free,…show more content…
When Jim says ‘“Well, you see, it ‘uz dis way. Ole missus—dat’s Miss Watson—she pecks on me all the time, en treats me pooty rough, but she awluz said she wouldn’ sell me down to Orleans,”’ (page 50) it shows his dialect, which would never be spoken now. It is difficult to read at times, but it makes people have to think a little bit harder when they are reading to really understand what is going on. Other than the dialect, the book is not that hard to read, so it shouldn’t be that big of a

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