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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Jan 22, 2009

really liked it

“It’s a good book.”
“No, it’s not. It was stupid.”
“It was not stupid. It was awesome.”
“I guess. Wait, no. No it wasn’t.”
“Guys this book was both. You can’t say that it was good, but you can’t say that it was awesome either.”
Huckleberry Finn had me conflicted. This book lost me at some parts, and it kept confusing me. This book surprised me, like when a white boy helps a runaway slave. The language in this book could go both ways. The word “nigger” appears many times, but that’s how they used to talk. The story overall is very real, yet untold. Huckleberry Finn is being narrated by a ten year old, little, white boy, who is telling us everything he sees. Huck Finn learns the hard way that blood is thicker than water.

“Okay, so tell me why you think this book was dumb.”
Okay, this book lost me at some parts. At one part of the book they speak about Huck Finn and Jim running away, and that Jim was in the raft, and Huck Finn was talking to the slave catchers, and they kept going back and forth. On page 91, I was confused. It said, “I was a listenin’ to de talk, en I slips into de river en was gwyne to shove for sho’ if they came aboard. Den I was gwyne to swim to de raf’ agin when dey was gone. But lawsy, how you did fool ‘em Huck! Dat wuz de smartes dodge! I tell you chile, I ‘spec it save Ole Jim - Ole Jim ain’t going to forgit you for dat, honey,” said Jim.

“But just because it’s confusing doesn’t mean there aren’t good parts.”
This book surprised. A white boy named Huck Finn is helping a runaway slave. On page 89, Huck lies to the slave catchers. The slave catchers asked,
“What’s that yonder?”
“A piece of a raft.”
“Do it belong to you?”
“Yes, sir.”
“Any men on it?”
“Only one, sir.”
“Well there’s five runaway niggers, run off to-night up yonder, above the head of the bend. Is your man white or black?”
“He’s white.”
What, I honestly think that this book was very surprising. During that time period, it was unheard of, to be a white boy helping a slave. But Huck Finn did it anyway.

“Okay the language was crazy.”
The word “nigger” is used too many times, and is used to refer to African-Americans. At one point, Mrs. Watson said, “I want my nigger back.” In a different part the book says, “…them niggers stole it.”
“But that’s how they used to talk back then.”
It is sad that, that’s how they referred to African-Americans, as property and not as a human, but would you want it to be sugar coated? How about we write a book about today’s world. Some boys call girls a bitch, people calls gays faggots, and we treat anyone who’s different than us as second class citizens. We should stick to the truth.

“Don’t whatever me. You know I’m right.”
Okay, the story overall was incredible. In Huckleberry Finn, a ten year old, illiterate, white boy helps a runaway slave, he tries to find out who he is, he tries to do what he thinks is right, and he is called the “Angel of Death.” Everywhere he goes, someone dies. American Literature has always been traditional until this book came out. Most people say it was banned because of the language, but I think it was banned because never had an African-American been portrayed as a hero. In Huckleberry Finn, Jim is the hero. This book took us into the mind state of a child, and made it so that he grew stronger throughout the whole journey.

“So you’re trying to tell me that Huckleberry Finn was an incredible piece of art?”
“No what I’m trying to say is that, you can’t judge something based on one characteristic.”
“Well, this book still confused me, and I still don’t agree with the language.”
“And I still think that this book surprised me, and that the story overall was a learning experience.”
I guess after all is said and done, it doesn’t matter what your opinion is, as long as you learn something that you’ll take with you throughout your journey.

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