Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
Society's Reaction to Controversial Works of Literature
Many works of literary merit have been placed on a ban list and are forbidden to be taught in some schools. Chief among these books is "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" for it’s controversial topics concerning race and censorship. Although the book isn’t inherently racist, offense has been taken to it and its casual use of "the n-word." Despite the controversy surrounding it, though, it is still considered a great piece of American Literature. How does society react when it is presented with controversy (specifically in a school setting) such as this, and how do these reactions affect the value of the work as a whole? Would the meaning of the work be diminished if this conflict didn’t exist? Use the answers to analyze whether Huckleberry Finn should be taught in school or permanently banned from our education system.