Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”: Grades for Teaching Irony, Historical Context and Racism
This is a 3 page paper discussing “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in regards to its place within the educational system and grade levels which can appreciate the work. “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was written by Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910) in 1884 and was originally meant to be read as adult fiction and as a sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” written in 1881, although it is a text which can stand on its own. While the book remains one of the most taught works of American literature, it is considered as difficult to teach and controversial because of the racial content and use of colloquialism. In most cases, the book is left for the higher grade levels ranging from junior high to graduate school because of the racial content and the high level of irony used which could be misunderstood or missed by students in the younger grades. In addition, most critics believe that students should be taught the book in later grades when the students would be able to place the book in a larger historical context.
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