Huck Finn

The 5th estate did cover it well. Jon Stewart’s segment about it was especially good. I agree with what was said about Mark Twain putting in the n-word for a reason. He used it so many times because back then the word was not a big deal at all. By changing the word to slave, what is it really accomplishing? I understand that the word makes some people uncomfortable. I understand that by changing the word more people will be able to read it, or at least that is the argument. This is a high school reading level book and high school students learn history as well as literature. I’m sure the students will see the correlation between American history and why that word is so freely used in this book. It is a good example of the American mindset back then.

            I don’t think the n-word should be erased from Huckleberry Finn. It is a bit like trying to erase American history or trying to cover it up. Americans should read books from the past and see how far society has come since then. There should be little reminders that point out what huge mistakes we’ve let happen in this nation. Jon Stewart’s guest commented about one of the characters in the book not being able to run away from being a nigger but being able to run away from being a slave. It was a humorous statement that received many laughs, but it made me think. You shouldn’t be able to run away from your history because it defines you. The character in the book was called the n-word because in that period that’s what everyone saw him as. Americans shouldn’t be able to run away from this book and others like it just because it is embarrassing to see how awful people were treated in the past. America’s history is what makes America – the good and the bad.

            It is ridiculous to censor literature because it is offensive. Literature is free and no censorship should be involved. One of the things Americans pride themselves in is how the government can’t control what we say. The censoring of this one book may have a domino effect and begin an entire campaign of censorship in American culture of small imperfections in our history.

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I have listened to Radiohead before, but I’ve never really sat down and listened to what the artists were trying to convey. The music I listen to is usually faster paced. My prediction for this song was that it would be very sad and very slow. Many of the Radiohead songs I’ve heard were emotional and some were even gut wrenching.

The first time I listened to the song I only paid attention to the instrumentals and the singer’s voice. The beginning of the song was pretty much what I expected it to be like. It was slow and melancholy. I didn’t listen to the lyrics very attentively, but a few lines popped out to me. The main line that stuck with me was “Keep your prices down. We’ll feed you to the hounds.” It sounds like the song is about consumerism from just the first listen. Without knowing the rest of the lyrics very well my guess about what this means probably isn’t completely accurate. I enjoyed how the song progressed into a more hopeful and upbeat tone. The progression occurred so naturally and smoothly.

The second time I listened I tried to pay close attention to the words and read the lyrics along with the song. The lyrics that I had originally noticed in the first place were a lot easier to understand with the rest of the lyrics in front of me. Consumerism does seem to be a big part of this song. It’s people against big corporations and big businesses.

The lyrics and the music tell a story. The beginning of the song is heartbreaking and it fits with the lyrics. The listener is being shown how awful the majority of people are treated. They are promised cheap goods, but anyone that gets in the way of the big corporation will be fed to the hounds. When the song transitions to a faster pace, the lyrics also change. It is no longer about the sob story of people being thrown around, but instead accusing words aimed at the bullies. The victims are getting up and taking a stand.

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