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Should Huckleberry Finn Be Banned From Society?

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First off, I would like to ask you if you think Huckleberry Finn should be banned from society? With that question in mind I would like to tell you why it should not. The Novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, according to an offended citizen, that the novel "should be removed from schools curriculum and expunged from public library shelves." This novel is already banned from all black schools and Christian schools for the profusely use of the "N" word and the insults of religion by Mark Twain. The "N" was used over 200 times throughout the course of the novel. Also, the actions of Huck and other negative characters in the novel does not help plead my case on why I disagree with this citizen. I disagree with this citizen and I think it should be allowed in schools curriculum and in libraries because it is a classic American novel and it shows how America has evolved as a nation. Huck Finn lies profusely in the novel, depicts African Americans negatively or using the "N" word, and his attitude is a negative influence on children today.
Huck Finn lies throughout this novel and he takes advantage of the stupidity of humans. For example, when Huck was asked by strangers to search his raft for runaway slaves and he convinces them that it is his family on board and they all have small pox. In return, he receives forty dollars of gold and gets passed the people and saves Jim from being caught. Also, when Huck pretends to be Tom Sawyer to the Phelps' family so he could try to rescue Jim.
Huck's attitude is not a positive influence on today's children due to the fact that Huck is a thirteen year old boy and he acts like a complete scoundrel and a troubled teenager in the beginning of the book. For example, Huck smokes, does snuss, and treats blacks as if they were not even humans. Also, the insults he says about...

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