Huckleberry Finn


Huckleberry Finn (also known as the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a book written by Mark Twain. The book is highly popular among academic writing assignments and reading lists. Yet, when the book was published in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom in the late 1880s it was banned due to its content including offensive language. Of course, something like this nowadays would attract people’s attention right away. The book’s lead character, Huckleberry Finn, is a runaway kid with an abusive father that gets drunk. He runs into another person running away from home, but this person is actually running from slavery.

To Finn, running into the slave brings another problem for him. He ran away from home to get away from his abusive drunk father. Yet, during this era slaves that run away from their master are supposed to be reported. But, Finn sees the slave as a real person and not just property belonging to someone. The way the book depicted criminals was the reason why it was banned, and not for vulgar language that appeared in the context.

The book is available today but parts have been rewritten to be more suitable for the times. The book in many places is still banned. A number of significant literary writers such as Ernest Hemingway and T.S. Eliot felt the book is a significant piece of literary history. Many people over the years have come to enjoy the story. A few not only enjoy the story but ponder at reasons why the book was banned. Yet, others wonder what elements the book may have been trying to bring to light. It seems obvious the author had things to say that those who banned the book didn’t want others to know.

The book gives significant insight people continue to discuss today. The book may have hinted at a number of issues that is not right or unfair such as the idea of owning someone, obeying laws that may not be fair, and how important are people to the society they live in. Some feel the book may actually encourage people to think for themselves and do what their conscience tells them. The book may question moral values that go against what is taught in school and what is considered the law to an extent. Others feel the use of the n-word in the book in a debate on its own that relates back to why people should be able to think for themselves.