The novel was
published in 1884, but it portrays the period 1835-1845, before the
Civil War, a period in which slavery was legal.
Through the novel, Twain made an effort to portray an accurate representation of the Southern society. However, the novel has been widely panned by critics, mostly because of the widely usage of the word nigger to refer to black people; that being the reason for it to be banned.
Whether the novel was worth banning continues to be highly debatable even today. For instance, June Edwards defends Twain when she says that Nigger is what blacks were commonly called in the South until recent times. It is wrong to censure a novel for historical accuracy. Truth should never be bent to fit an ideology. (Arac, 1997, p.27) show more content
That being said, many parents required to have The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnremoved from the school reading lists, in order to relieve their children from the burden of being prejudiced among their white fellows. The critic Jocelyn Chadwick- Joshua argues that by doing that we run the risk of blinding our children to their own history and legacy, thereby creating future generations bereft of the sight necessary for historical reflection and cultural lineage.(Chadwick, 1999, p. show more content
The characters speech conveys important information about them. (as cited by Southard and Muller (1993) in the journal Blame it on Twain: Reading American Dialects in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"). In addition to signifying the social standing of the characters, it also signifies their intellectual position. They go on by comparing Judge Thatchers and Doctor Robinsons speeches. They note that Judge Thatchers speech is almost standard, whereas Doctor Robinsons is similar to his when he is first introduced, but later on when Doctor Robinsons position is generally recognized his language shifts to the level of his fellow
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