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The Controversy Over Huckleberry Finn

             "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was written by Mark Twain, and was.
             Many people who have read the book love it, and some call it "The.
             Great American Novel." But, there are just as many people who hate the book as there are.
             people who like the novel. Even though it is held in such high regard, it is the sixth most.
             banned book in the United States. It can be debated how much harm the novel does, but.
             there are people who go to great lengths to see it taken off library shelves, and out of.
             classrooms. The reasons why the book should be banned vary, but the goal of the people.
             against the book remains the same.
             The number one reason why "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is banned is.
             because of the racism throughout the book. The constant use of the word "nigger", and.
             the strong presence of slavery have thrown people into an uproar ever since it was.
             published. African Americans and others, led by the NAACP, began to challenge the.
             book in the 1950s, appalled by the novel's portrayal of the slave Jim and its repeated use.
             of the word "nigger." The book was removed from some schools in the New York City.
             school system, and its place on required reading lists was threatened in other cities. Some.
             people see Huck Finn as a racist, but this is not the case. He says the word "nigger".
             because that was the term used to speak of African Americans in 1835. This does not.
             mean that the use of the word is acceptable by any means, but, Huck Finn was a child,.
             and he only did what he had grown up doing. .
             Religion is a key theme in the novel, but the sacrilegious views of Huck Finn are .
             one on the reasons why the book is banned. From the beginning of the book, Huck is.
             rejecting the religious views of Miss Watson and The Widow Douglas. "I didn't care no.
             more about him (Moses); because I don't take no stock in dead people." is what Huck.
             thought about learning about Moses. People who ban the book feel that the religious.
             views of Huck Finn are not suitable for children, especially when it was first published in.

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