Kaitlyn McGinnis

Mrs. Lucia

English 11

February 16th, 2010

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has been a very controversial novel amongst students and teachers in local schools nationwide. Some schools have chosen to completely eliminate this piece of literature from their libraries and high school curriculum for its use of the “n” word that has been deemed as being racist and other various controversial topics. I think this novel can be viewed either way as being positive or negative, depending on the way it is interpreted by the person.

The first article I have discovered has a positive view on the book. It views The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a way of it being artistic. The people that Huck and Jim encounter on their journey down the Mississippi River are described as being very realistic, along with the scenery and villages. It also states that “the dialects of people, white and black—what a study they are; and yet nobody talks for the sake of exhibiting a dialect.” The author of this article is simply saying that the way someone speaks, not depending on their race makes them a unique individual. Huck’s adventure is referred to as “risking eternal punishment” to help Jim escape from his struggles in slavery. Overall, this author of the article sums up the book as having a whimsical look on life and being full of life and drama. (Webster, 2) The next article I found is a positive one, which comes from the Illustrated London News. This article describes the book as being an “original picture of life”.   According to this article, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is more of a historical novel then anything else. This article also says that the book can be more relatable because of the main character, Huckleberry Finn, being sort of the outcast in the group and he finally gets his chance to tell his story. “No novel has better touches of natural description”, this speaks out a lot to me...