The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel, yet it seems that it is always under great controversy. The controversies surrounding this novel include the common us of the "N" word and the way African Americans are treated. Many people see this novel as racist, but in fact Mark Twain wrote the book to satire slavery. In defense The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not a racist novel and it should be taught in schools throughout America.
The author Mark Twain, an accomplished writer, did not intend to cause controversy with his book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The story line of the novel proves that the novel is actually a satire of the way slaves and all together African Americans where treated. In the story Huck fakes his death and runs away from his father and while hiding he finds Jim, a runaway slave. Huck does not turn Jim in, but instead they both decide to runaway with each other. Throughout the story Jim and Huck have to overcome obstacles that are stopping them form both reaching their individual destinations and by the end both become the other's best friend. This is shown in the end when Jim says " Jim won't ever forgit you Huck; you's de bes" fren" Jim's ever had; en you's de only fren" ole Jim's got now." (Chapter 16 pg. 103) Another example of the novel not being racist is the use of the "N" word; a misconception comes to mind whenever this word is used, when this novel was written the "N" word was just another way to say slave a sort of slang, but now it is an extremely racist work. Mark Twain is famous for writing his stories realistically and to do this he had his characters speak in the dialect of the time and place and by doing so Twain portrayed the south as it truly was back then. Twain did not use the "N" word in its derogatory meaning, but as in meaning slave. Mark Twain incorporated the history of the south instead of changing the history and making the novel political correct by today's standard.