why were the adventures of mark twain banned ?
im really curious
- honky275Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Do you mean Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?
The book was criticized upon release because of its coarse language, and became even more controversial in the 20th century because of its perceived use of racial stereotypes and because of its frequent use of the word "n_____".
Upon issue of the American edition in 1885 a number of libraries banned it from their stacks. The early criticism focused on what was perceived as the book's crudeness.
Many subsequent critics, Ernest Hemingway among them, have deprecated the final chapters, claiming the book "devolves into little more than minstrel-show satire and broad comedy" at the point Jim is stolen from the boys by the slave-catcher.
According to Professor Stephen Railton of the University of Virginia, Twain was unable to fully rise above the stereotypes of black people that white readers of his era expected and enjoyed. Twain therefore resorted to minstrel show-style comedy to provide humor at Jim's expense, and ended up confirming rather than challenging late-19th century racist stereotypes.
Because of this controversy over whether Huckleberry Finn is racist or anti-racist, and because the word "n____" is frequently used in the novel, many have questioned the appropriateness of teaching the book in the U.S. public school system.