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Why is Huckleberry Finn controversial

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To illustrate the above, let us study the most spectacular swindling scene which is, doubtless, the stay at the Wilks’ (-). The swindlers managed to disguise themselves as the Wilks’ relatives and convinced the legal heirs to sell their heritage. All their plans would have worked smoothly if the smart Huck had not hidden the money and warned the Wilks. Here, Mark Twain gave Huck the task to observe, judge and opt for the right cause as it is always the case throughout the novel.

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To explain the above, Anthony Trollope quoted by Marcus Cunliffe, wrote:
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Also, Tom Sawyer’s gesture in , when he gave Jim forty dollars for compensation was very significant, for it is a white man who had to take from a slave and not the reverse.


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Mark Twain expressed his judgement through Huck Finn, and openly condemned that inhuman practice.
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Perfectly acceptable, nay, compulsory if you are a rapper; no longer so if you are Guy Gibson in The Dam Busters (when the 1955 film is shown now, his faithful black dog’s unfortunate name is often bleeped out). Nor even if you are Huckleberry Finn: in a new version of his Adventures, the offending word – used in Mark Twain’s 1884 classic 217 times – was replaced by “slave”.

This is the situation that Twain wanted to scorn by making Huck violate religious norms.
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To end this section, let us mention that Mark Twain succeeded in his endeavour to denounce human cruelty and brutality. The southern aristocrats who relied on their rifles to settle and feud were the first targets of his satire. However, the aristocrats were not the only ones to be targeted. Simple people like Pap Finn and the three gang men of the “Walter Scott” living on the frontier, where “honour finds its expression nowhere but in cowardly ambushes and murders that result from bloody local feuds ” were denounced too. This frontier society would not rely on laws to settle their conflicts, but, most of the time, on Lynch Law as the coming section demonstrates.

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Obviously, Mark Twain did his best to ridicule the aristocrats of those times, who allowed themselves to butcher one another. The fact that a Shepherdson fell in love with a Grangerford , which would seem to be ordinary, led to an unprecedented massacre. In addition, Buck said the same scenario had taken place many times in the past. To understand this part, let us consider the description of that horrible scene as related by Huck Finn:

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With the above, one understands the meaning of that bloody episode, and the reason why Twain wrote it. Both in this episode and the above examples, innocent people died for nothing. For instance, Buck knew nothing or only a little about the feud that had opposed the two families for generations. The following extract between Huck and Buck after the latter had failed kill Harney Sherpherdson proves Buck’s innocence in that affair. Huck said:

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To start with, one may guess that with this episode of the Grangerfords and the Sheperdsons exterminating one another, the novel reached its climax. Through Huck, who was hidden in a tree, Twain used all his might to express his disgust and his bitterness toward that killing. His hatred against that kind of killing started early in his childhood, during which he witnessed at least a dozen cold-blooded murders. Justin Kaplan shed more light on those murders:

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First of all, for a better understanding of this part, the explanation of “Lynch Law” proves necessary. In his (1835), Washington Irving attempted to explain it and gave an example of a young Indian wrongly accused of stealing a white man’s horse. He was tied on a tree and beaten before the horse was found. Irving commented on this saying: