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Revised Version of Huckleberry Finn to be Published

Would You Seek Out an Uncensored Version of a Classic Book?

One of my favorite scenes in Old School occurs when Vince Vaughn's character turns to his son and says, "Max can you earmuff it for me?" and then proceeds to use language you wouldn't ever want a tot to hear. The same philosophy is being used in a new revised version of Mark Twain's classic Huckleberry Finn. The 1885 tale was packed with racial stereotypes and slurs that in recent years caused many of the nation's school systems to drop the book from their curriculums. In an attempt to introduce a new generation to the tome, a Twain scholar has revised the text, converting the n-word to slave and receiving the wrath of literary fans and historians around the world.

If your school system were to add the text to their curriculum, would you seek out the original version for your kids?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
when I was in high school, my English class read The Cathcher in the Rye out loud - the fact that I love to read and that none of my other classmates wanted led to me reading a great amount of it. however, when it came to the profane words in that horrible novel, I refused to read them - I was mature enough to know that those words are not only innapropriate but completely unnecessary but most teens, and pretty much no children under 13 are not. if kids know that those words are bad, they will repeat them; no matter how many times you try to teach them that they are horrible words. yes, they might already know those words, and/or they will almost definitely learn them somewhere else, but why would any parent ensure that their child learn hurtful and offensive racism? it would be one thing if the school decided to include the original version; I probably wouldn't fight it and I would make sure to go over the history and sad significance of that terminology (as well as make it clear to my child that he/she should never use those words); but no parent should go out of their way to teach their children profanity...
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
The changes to Huckleberry Finn are beyond ridiculous. The n-word was used in the book specifically to illustrate the fact that those who used it and mistreated Jim were ignorant, maladjusted human beings. Jim is one of the few good men in Huck's life (in drastic contrast to his father), and the abuse and subordination he faces in the novel are used purposely to demonstrate how useless and cruel that type of behavior is. By removing it and sanitizing it, a lot of the message Twain imparts is lost.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Depends on the book and the age/maturity of the child.
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