Why was Huckleberry Finn banned?

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The book called ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was authored by Mark Twain. When it was published for the first time, people commented that the book had ‘coarse, language. There are allegations on the portrayal of the character ‘Huckleberry Finn,. He was portrayed as a character having true conscience. But, he was shown to steal, rebel against authorities, not speak well, and run away from the home. Ã’šÃ‚ This book was banned as it was not considered to be suitable for the young people or children to read. Some think that the word ‘perspiration, was presented as ‘sweat, in the book. This was considered as bad language usage.

There is another word used here called ‘nigger, which has become more offensive recently. The word refers to black people or dark skinned race. After the issue of bad language was discussed and criticized against the book of Mark Twain, the racism has become another issue of concern. Due to the use of the word ‘nigger, for so many times in the book, it was not acceptable for most of the people. The character called ‘Jim, in the novel was shown as if he cannot think on his own and does everything according to Huck’s wish. Jim was not treated properly and was put down by various other characters. This was condemned by the blacks and they expressed their agony while most of the blacks were still viewed as slaves.

The book showed how inhuman people were to black people and treated them as slaves. The book was under controversy as the story deals mostly with Huck making the slave as his friend. The strong relationship between them was an odd thing to be shown in those days. People could not accept the great friendship between a white and a black. Apart from this, at the end of the story, Huck releases the black free which was not at all expected from the ordinary people in those days. All these aspects were responsible for the book to be declared banned.

Author: Hari M

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