Society, Now And Then Essay

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Throughout history, racism has existed for as long as anyone can remember. Racism has no equality, no color and no favor for anybody. We drive behind the wheel of racism. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, he explains the truth about what racism really was like in past times. Due to the strong detailed language used throughout the text, many debate on whether we should allow our students read this text or not. I believe we should continue to present this novel to our upcoming high school students due to the clarity of our past history this book has given and without it, the past will be forgotten by many and remembered by few.
Many people believe this novel shouldn’t be brought upon our students but without it, we will forget about the cruelty that existed back then. Twain wrote what was in his sight, “there was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth”(pg. 9). Removing this novel is like removing the truth about our past, our cruel reality that once was. It is difficult to realize what we were in the past without evidence from someone who actually lived in it. He shows how the white had disrespect towards the African American by showing us how “Miss Watson’s big [African] named Jim was setting in the kitchen”(pg.13). Although this novel has strong language, it’s an example of how we treated each other and how society was and without examples we wont be able to learn how to become better people. Without the help of this book we wouldn’t be able to teach our future generations about how whites disrespected blacks. Within the text, it reads how blacks were fools and how they “would come from all around there and gave Jim anything they had, just for a sight of the five-center piece”(pg.14) which they believed would heal anyone. This is another example of how people took advantage of the blacks and how they would fall for anything. Yes this novel has racism but we can make a change by showing how this was wrong.
This novel should be taught for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons it should be taught is because it has a detailed amount of information on the cruelty of society and information that is based upon abuses that many kids went through. Hucks father was a drunkard and he always beat huck that he “ was scared of him all the time and [he even] tanned [him] so much”(pg.26). Our students can learn about what a lot of kids went through in the past and the way they were mistreated by most people in their lives. Using the novel we can learn on how cruel some parents could be. Hucks father wanted to huck to “drop that school”...

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