Mark Twains book Huckleberry Finn is an enjoyable book to read. Mark Twain is an excellent writer, and makes the book humorous, and attention catching, at the same time, it is teaching about important issues or slavery and educating on unhappy family situations. Huckleberry Finn is a classic.
One of the first ways in which it is a classic is how it addresses issues of society. It shows the differences between classes, between the blacks and the whites. It shows Jims struggle for freedom, and the little white boy who doesnt know anything better than to help him. While all of the white culture is looking down on blacks, one white person, not knowing the seriousness of what he is doing, is willing to help Jim gain his freedom.
Another way that this book is obviously a classic is how the people in it and their troubles are open to the readers. Huck himself seems to have his share of problems. In the beginning of this book, he is living with two older ladies, he doesnt enjoy that, and the reader becomes well aware of that. One of the other problems that he has is with his father. His father is just using him for the money that he has and beats him regularly, and
then kidnaps him, just for spite, not because he loves him, and one of the other problems that he has is trying to free Jim and to do what he feels is right. Jim has his own share of problems, and they are also open to the reader, because that is what the book is mostly about, freeing Jim and all the situations that take place during that. In this book, most of the characters problems are open to the reader, because without them, the book would have very little twists and turns of plot.
A way that this book shows that it is a classic is that the work is original. This is very true. Mark Twain has his own writing style. It is unlike any other. Twain is a good storyteller, and appears to enjoy that. His storytelling style is different from others in that he attacks difficult issues through his stories. He writes about slavery and freedom from a neutral vantage point. Most of the other writers of his day and age wouldnt dare to discuss touchy topics like that, yet Twain chose to do that, and he did it well. It isnt a wonder that the book was banned. It would have been banned because when there is a topic like that, some people think that if they ignore it, it will go away, and not become an issue. Mark Twain was brave by writing about it.
This book shows a wide range of knowledge, which is also a requirement for a classic. In order for Mark Twain to write this, he need to be able to see life from all viewpoints. He did this well. He showed life from black and white, Jim as opposed to Huck. He showed life from old and young, the old women that Huck lived with and then there is the young gang of murderers and robbers. He shows it from the rich and from the poor, Mrs. Judith Loftus versus the other Negroes mentioned in the book. It shows the relatively untroubled and the people with a whole bundle of problems, Mrs. Judith Loftus who is completely unlike the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons against the Sawyers. One of the final ways in which this book is a classic is that the reader can apply the events from the story to their own life. Obviously not all of the things that happened in this book apply today, or are even possible to happen today, but most of the ideas and morals apply in this age. The idea to need to stick a friend will always apply, no matter who it is and what the cost, the reader learns through Jim and Hucks experiences that there is nothing more important than a friendship. Another lesson learned is to always be truthful. Throughout the story, people are always doing underhanded things and lying to get what they want, but a lot of problems and hurt may have been avoided had people told the truth. Honesty is always the best policy and the reader should learn from Hucks mistakes as they watch him interact with different people and listen in on various conversations. Thus said, this book shouldnt be banned from any area, because this book teaches you things. It addresses difficult issues well, and in a non-offensive manner. Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful book that contains a bit of sadness, and seriousness mixed in with a lot of humor. Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain is most defiantly an American classic.