The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which the infamously banned book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can be used in contemporary society and, more importantly, in schools. Ever since Mark Twain wrote the book, Huck Finn has received bombardments of criticism, both positive and negative. Unfortunately, for the most part the negative criticism has made itself more easily heard, causing the book to be banned from countless libraries and public and private schools. Given the ill treatment of the book, this paper will argue that the race discussion inherent in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a powerful source of learning and self-reflection. By examining the content of the novel, arguments from critics on both sides, and an educational classroom perspective of the novel, this paper will show that Mark Twain's Huck Finn should not be dismissed or removed from public education.
"Huck Finn and (Still) Racist America,"
Augsburg Honors Review: Vol. 10
, Article 8.
Available at: https://idun.augsburg.edu/honors_review/vol10/iss1/8