This is a question that has been widely argued over for years and years and is still continued to be a major argument today.
Many argue that the book should be banned from schools because of the racial statements in the book and that it could offend or become bothersome to students. All the book does is remind the students of the history of slavery and that slavery existed. “The n-word” is used many times in this book and people in todays day and age are hurt and offended by such a word. Back when the book was written “the n-word” was used widely and used by most white people. The writer could not foresee the future and would have not known that writing these words would have such an impact.
This book should be allowed because it not only is a part of history, but teaches about racial times and what it was really like back in the day. It gives a sense of how the different states, North and South, were like. It showed how to a young boy like Huck Finn saw how the times were through his eyes. While reading we are getting the honest truth on how everything was back than cause we are getting information from a kinda innocent boy that is not afraid to say whats on his mind. So we get the honest truth of what it was like back than.
Another example of why that this book should be allowed is the friendship that arises with a white little boy, Huck Finn, and a black slave named Jim. Along the books journey Huck Finn becomes friendly with the slave Jim and realizes that the slave Jim has feelings just like him. That slave Jim is not any different because of his skin color. Huck starts to see slave Jim in another way and not so much as a slave. When Huck and Jim were in the raft, Huck hears crying which is coming from Jim. Jim was crying just thinking about his family and Huck thinks to himself, “….And I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their’n.” Huck starts to believe in Jim less than a slave but as a human being with feelings.
This adventurous book shows many aspects of history. It shows how the times were and history of the South as written by Mark Twain. You can not just erase history and make it go away. Children need to know about the past and the struggle to make a better future.
This book will help teach all the grade level kids the history and the feelings of people of the time.