How do we define education? Does it come in the form of book knowledge or is it knowledge learned from practical experience. I believe it is both which is why Huckleberry Finn should be considered to have educational value. The lessons of practical knowledge as well as American history are prevalent, especially when it comes to the days of colored people and slavery.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was about a young boy who was shot while trying to help a colored slave escape his slavery.
During the float trip with this slave it was the colored man who became a role model of a father and taught Huck the basics of humanity. The slave, Jim, doctored Huck. Huck knew the man as a “nigger” in which today’s society doesn’t accept the word as anything but derogatory. Today’s society still shows a level of prejudice and within this book, a young boy overcomes the societal ways of the 1800’s thought to learn that there should not be any prejudice, especially by God’s will.
In speaking out against society and the ways of taught religion Huck finds a moralistic side to himself that he didn’t realize that was there and for sometime couldn’t fully comprehend as it was new to him. He realizes the morality of slavery is none and that colored people are like everyone else though condemned simply because of their color and at times by their ethnicity. He also learns to be his own person and that no one is owned by anyone. His actions go against much of society and eventually he becomes part of the movement to free the slaves.
“But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.” (Chapter 43, last sentence) was spoken by Huck as a last tribute to fighting for his own freedom, to become his own person, not from civilization but from other people’s ways of believing how he should be, to include the prejudices that he already knew was wrong. Huck learned how to be himself through out this book as well as accept others for who they were. This becomes not only the foundation for basic human psychology based upon a sociologically environment but a foundation to America as we know it today.
In order to fully understand the satire in this book one must look below the surface to see what Sam Clemens was meaning. He was against slavery and didn’t agree. It is the basis in which this book becomes an educational matter. There is much more educational value to this book other than just the topic of slavery. Humanity. The finding of yourself, free will, the time period and if you continue reading the other associated books associated such as Uncle Tom’s cabin and Tom Sawyer you will see the relation.
The Adventure’s of Huck Finn has been an on again and off again book meaning that many still want to ban this book due to certain words repeatedly used and then this becomes a huge political debate. Well this only means that society, as norm, cannot get along and are too tied up in their own beliefs to see anything at face value. We are people and that there is no reason to abolish one because of their wording, color or ethnicity. We are selfish as a society. This is a historical book of historical teachings that we all are aware of that happened so how can it not be educational?
Clemens, Samuel. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Original copyright 1885.
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