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Should Authors Disregard Their Own Culture when Writing Novels?

When Mark Twain wrote Huck Finn, he lived in post-Civil-War America and used his book to express personal views on cultural topics like slavery and treatment of African-Americans in the U.S.

Twain wrote his story in the vernacular - meaning, he used the language of the day.  When the “n” word rolls off Huck's tongue - without his giving it a second thought - is the author being disrespectful?  Why, or why not?


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