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The Controversy Of The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is a novel that is read by many students in high school classes all across America every year. However, when you have a book that popular among schools, you will start to gain some controversy over it. There has been a recurring debate over the topic of banning this novel from being read in schools due to its 'offensive racial epithets' and other reasons, like poking fun at religion and challenging authority. I disagree with those who say the novel should be banned, and believe that schools should continue to read it and disregard those who say otherwise.
The biggest reason for people wanting to ban Huckleberry Finn is because of the use of the word 'nigger', which I will refer to as the N-word. There are some who seem to think that high school students are not mature enough to dismiss the use of this word. As a student, I can agree to the fact that people my age are not mature, but maturity does not define your level of knowledge. We are not fully matured yet, but we are at the level to understand the book and know that the N-word is being used to describe how lowly slaves were thought of back then. It is NOT used to refer to people in this day and age.
There are others who say the book should no longer be read in schools because they think that people of color will get offended. I think people need to remember that we’re not six years old anymore and that we know right from wrong. Now, we know when the use of certain words is appropriate. Besides, the N-word is now used as slang by many people across the US. Nowadays when people use the N-word, they don’t mean much by it, so how are you going to get offended when you’re calling some of your friend the N-word? It’s called slang for a reason. When people say it they don’t mean harm, and neither did Twain. Twain used the N-word in Huckleberry Finn as a way to make the story more realistic and to show how people talked back then....

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