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I-am-a-panda
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12/17/2008 12:40:52 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
So in school I'm doing Huckleberry Finn as our novel. I can't see why it's 'an all-time classic'. In fact the language is horrible, and to an extent discriminatory. Sure, we have a 99% white population in our school (apart from one Black guy who lives down the road from me, he's pretty cool).
It defeats its purpose completely as an English novel, bein' that the words is badly writed also accountin' fo' the fact I don't take no stock in English, or languages for that matter.
Also, the themes be mighty generic. Freedom, hope, I seen 'em in all books, well, accountin' for the ones I read. It ain't no better than the stories of a Mister Harry Poteer, written by the lovely J.Kay Rolling. It has all sorts of Magicry and Spell-doings, by golly I be up all nights readin' 'em. Not forgettin' the fact my english teacher is a lard-headed imbicelle. She be tellin' us 'Learn those 10 lines' or 'write aparagraph on that' and then she goes off and checks none of it. She's also a pig-face, if that ain't enough. Here's some proof I gots from some fancy 'ole link o' mine from that website 'Rate my teacher': http://ie.ratemyteachers.com...
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Ragnar_Rahl
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12/17/2008 5:21:21 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 12/17/2008 12:40:52 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
So in school I'm doing Huckleberry Finn as our novel. I can't see why it's 'an all-time classic'. In fact the language is horrible, and to an extent discriminatory.
This was written in a time when blacks weren't legally allowed to speak very grammatical English. If you pay any attention to the story, it's clearly anti-racist lol.

Sure, we have a 99% white population in our school (apart from one Black guy who lives down the road from me, he's pretty cool).

It defeats its purpose completely as an English novel, bein' that the words is badly writed also accountin' fo' the fact I don't take no stock in English, or languages for that matter.
It's point is not linguistic lol. The bad english is just to internalize the setting.

Also, the themes be mighty generic. Freedom, hope, I seen 'em in all books
Freedom for slaves? ya wouldn't see them in that era, not dealt with in the manner Twain did). Obviously, tropes NOW, but then? Read the reviews from the time lol.

, well, accountin' for the ones I read. It ain't no better than the stories of a Mister Harry Poteer, written by the lovely J.Kay Rolling.
Of course it's not. The state of good writing improves over time :D.
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9spaceking
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2/25/2014 6:03:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 12/17/2008 12:40:52 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
So in school I'm doing Huckleberry Finn as our novel. I can't see why it's 'an all-time classic'. In fact the language is horrible, and to an extent discriminatory. Sure, we have a 99% white population in our school (apart from one Black guy who lives down the road from me, he's pretty cool).
It defeats its purpose completely as an English novel, bein' that the words is badly writed also accountin' fo' the fact I don't take no stock in English, or languages for that matter.
Also, the themes be mighty generic. Freedom, hope, I seen 'em in all books, well, accountin' for the ones I read. It ain't no better than the stories of a Mister Harry Poteer, written by the lovely J.Kay Rolling. It has all sorts of Magicry and Spell-doings, by golly I be up all nights readin' 'em. Not forgettin' the fact my english teacher is a lard-headed imbicelle. She be tellin' us 'Learn those 10 lines' or 'write aparagraph on that' and then she goes off and checks none of it. She's also a pig-face, if that ain't enough. Here's some proof I gots from some fancy 'ole link o' mine from that website 'Rate my teacher': http://ie.ratemyteachers.com...

I agree. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are just MEH.....I barely survived!
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RoyLatham
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3/3/2014 7:05:03 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Who were the heroes of Huckleberry Finn? Was it the bigoted townspeople? No, Twain was undercutting a bigoted society by showing that simple virtues could reside with the outcasts. The point of the dialect speech was to show that "you can't judge a book by it's cover" -- a radical position in those days. Twain was providing a critical commentary on society, and his genius was that he managed to pull it off in a way that didn't get him lynched.
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3/4/2014 3:25:55 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/3/2014 7:05:03 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
Who were the heroes of Huckleberry Finn? Was it the bigoted townspeople? No, Twain was undercutting a bigoted society by showing that simple virtues could reside with the outcasts. The point of the dialect speech was to show that "you can't judge a book by it's cover" -- a radical position in those days. Twain was providing a critical commentary on society, and his genius was that he managed to pull it off in a way that didn't get him lynched.

I'm with Roy.
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