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The Use Of An Offensive Word In The Adventures Of Huck Finn By Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Huck Finn is a very controversial book which brings much debate on whether it should be taught to children in America. The main reason for this debate is because the offensive word ‘nigger’ is used commonly throughout. The book is a classic and is seen to some people as such a great book that we should overlook the offensive word to understand the real lessons Mark Twain wanted to get across. One solution to this ongoing debate is something called the New South Edition, which substitutes ‘nigger’ for a ‘slave’ a word that is less personal and describes the history of America. Dr. Alan Gribben writes about the controversy and how the change effects the new edition. He uses ...view middle of the document...

” This was proof to Gribben that the overwhelming use of the offensive word was causing teachers to overlook the important lessons Mark Twain intends to teach.
Not only does the controversial word effect African Americans who the word is directed to, but it also effects classroom settings in schools across the US. In the excerpt Gribben uses emotional appeal to relate to the readers. He includes the experience of passing the African Americans protesting to show the readers how the book reflects them. He also includes children’s reactions to the book being taught. Children have a special power to bring emotional appeal because they are seen as innocence. The teachers he met on his lecture to Alabama said that the word should not be used in a classroom because children are taught today that the n word is inexcusable to use towards someone. Exposing children to the hurtful word is seen to be not worth it to the teachers. Gribben is able to use emotional appeal in ways that is more convincing to the reader to why his edited novel is the best solution.
Lastly Dr. Gribben uses historical facts to explain why the word ‘slave’ substituted is...

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