As we know, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has been fiercely attacked and banned since it was first released. It has been accused of being an immoral racist. The novel was removed from several well-known libraries, including the Brooklyn Public Library as well as several libraries in Omaha, Denver and Worcester. As for the reasons for this, we should mention Twain s use of the so-called vernacular dialect from the place and time and the reported immorality of the book. Other attacks on the book during its history have occurred due to the fact some people considered the author to be a true racist. However, the reasons illustrated above are absolutely groundless due to the lack of understanding of the author’s satire. Now let’s look at those attacks closer.
In 1905 The Brooklyn Public Library dared to remove The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the kids’ room children’s room because Huck was found a liar, dirty, itched and scratched, and boasting an awful grammar.
As we told above the author made use of the vernacular dialect from that particular time period as well as geographical region. Unfortunately, critics with poor imagination didn’t appreciate the use of bad grammar in the novel. They found it a low class uneducated stuff, actually suitable for the slums.
Along with being attacked for the use of low language, Huck Finn has been also considered immoral. In 1907, libraries of Omaha, Denver and Worcester excluded the book, following an assumption that both Tom and Huck were negative role models, especially taking into consideration irreverence and theft pictured in the book.
In the novel, Huck goes on shore, steals food without getting punished for this immoral act. At that time it happened to be extremely offensive to the vast majority of people. Here we should stress that in most novels of that time you would never read that somebody stole and successfully avoided negative consequences of that crime.
The novel depicts awful irreverence when Huck makes up his mind to oppose the dictates of society, intending to go to hell for the sake of his friendship with Jim.
Over the years, the vast majority of the reasons for the book being banned and attacked didn’t appear to be pertinent any longer. Over the time, the low language along irreverence turned to be quite acceptable in literature.
Nevertheless, in 1957 another indictment against Huck Finn burst out due to the excessive use of the word “nigger”.
As we know, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has been fiercely attacked and banned since it was first released. It has been accused of being an immoral racist. The novel was removed from several well-known libraries, including the Brooklyn Public Library as well as several libraries in Omaha, Denver and Worcester.