Dear High school College Board,
I am a teacher at W.A. Hough High School in Huntersville, NC and I have been hearing word that you are disapproving the book Huckleberry Finn being used in classrooms nationwide. I can understand why you are considering not having this novel being taught, but if you would listen to me, I think I could change your opinion.
First off, Huckleberry Finn is a great novel that can teach others that read it, many important aspects about life and how things work. It tells a story about a young white boy that was going through the time of slavery and hard times that then ran away from home because of his drunken father. During his journey down the Mississippi River, he encounters many problems that he has to step up to the plate and answer. Some examples would be he helps a runaway slave to freedom, almost gets killed over two men lying, and many other troubles. While all this is taking place, you can really see how Huck matures throughout the whole novel. At first he was a young boy that didn’t really know much except for his hometown, but as he got farther and farther away from home it really seemed like he grew up in age and in the way he thought.
I would also recommend this book be used in classrooms because it shows what was going on at this moment in time. Although it is under the category of realistic history, there are a lot of true facts in it that highlight everyday life back in the 1700’s. This novel has been credited as one of the most enjoyable and American classics that has ever been written; how are you not going to allow children to read this book? I have read it myself so I’m not just saying this, Huckleberry Finn has changed my whole outlook on the way people think. I say this because once I read it, I understood why people did what they did back then and why they did it. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “It don’t make no difference whether you do right or wrong, a person’s conscience...