Miss Watson was always good to Huc... ... middle of paper ... ... I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right, then, I’ll go to hell”—and tore it up” (Twain 317). At this point in the novel, Huck realizes that he would rather go to Hell for doing what he believed to be right even if it is wrong in others’ eyes, including God’s. Although Huck knew it was wrong to help a runaway slave, he also knew it was what he had to do, it felt right to him. The inner turmoil that Huck experienced within his conscience was a constant battle, but Huck made the decision to follow his heart.
By reading the principal’s speech, Richard was saying what the white power wanted him to say and to Richard this would be giving in to the very thing he hated so much. Richard was willing to leave school without a diploma instead of this. White people alienated Richard from his environment because he did not accept the way of life that other black people did. Richard’s relatives never understood Richard and because of this he was alienated from his family and his own people. Shorty is the young black boy who gets beat by the white people and jokes about it.
“Mammy, I’m going away, - I’m going to be free.” John left and went north. He was sick of being pushed around and wanted to go some where’s where he was given an opportunity to do what he wanted to. This essay showed us how white people wouldn’t let black people have any rights and treated them like they were a problem. It also showed us that no matter how much that black person tries to make something of themselves and it still gets taken away unfairly. John spent years away trying to obtain an education to educate everyone on equality, but the white people took that privilege away from him.
Pap believed the government to be corrupt because it couldn’t “sell a free nigger till he’s been in the state six months” (24). He even went on to tell the reader that the free slave was a “prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted nigger” only because he had a different color skin than Pap (24). He never had anything nice to say about blacks, and constantly looked down on them. Twain used Pap’s character. Tom’s ignorance was a lot more subtle than Pap’s.
Wright attempting to show him the error of his ways, I have seen that Mr. Wright maintains the belief that society is unfair. He had to steal because if he had not, he would have been stuck where he was in the south with no hope of moving up in but life, and the country. His oppression prevents him from doing much of anything, all because of his skin color. Because of the way he was born, he cannot fully appreciate the American dream where he is now. “Whenever I thought of the essential bleakness of black life in America, I knew that Negroes had never been allowed to catch the full spirit of Western civilization, that they lived somehow in it but not of it.” (Black Boy, chapter 2).
Maycomb takes this news as “typical” daily events. They know that a Negro would try to run away, still failing, as he fails in life as well. The community is racist among Tom Robinson, and say that he is too illiterate and takes a run,because that what all Negroes would do. They are insulting the black and being racist over the fact that they are uneducated and their mentality is shows how illiterate they are. Even after his death, they still feel right enough to insult him, and make new notions of blacks.
There are many critics that feel this issue is too complex for young readers, and there are some that feel that it is important for... ... middle of paper ... ...cribed the man as "a prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted free nigger" (Telgen 9). He thinks that the now-free man should be sold off at an auction. In Pap’s views, every single person of the black race should not have any rights whatsoever and should be treated as slaves. He feels that they should all be a white man’s property and nothing more then that. Huck had to grow up with a father that had these harsh views on blacks and obviously in a way the views had to have been passed down to him as well.
He was denied knowledge of most things: his age, his father, and an education. He claims his "want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness" (Douglass 9). He questioned this treatment, fighting fiercely to attain the ability to read and write. One of his masters, Hugh Auld, opposed Douglass' learning aggressively. Douglass then realized the power of an education: "I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty–to wit, the white man's power to enslave the black man...
All Jim wants to do is find his family and for white men to tear families apart like that is just cruel and heartless. I think that American's history of us enslaving black people is downright embarrassing and we should be ashamed to do that to another human being - it is just wrong. I think Jim is such an interesting character and has a horrible past. I like how Jim and Huck have this new friendship and it is so unlikely. They traveled at nighttime so they could go unseen by other people who would catch Jim and Huck trying to escape from their past.
Jim is trapped in a society that trumpets racial hatred; for example, Huck’s father said, “they told me there was a state…where they’d let the nigger vote…I says I’ll never vote again” (Twain 35). Early in their travels, Jim and Huck mirror the chasm in black and white relations that plagues America at the time. Blinded by prejudice, Huck seems incapable of recognizing that, much like himself, Jim is scared and running from a life of few choices, towards a dream of independence. Instead, he can only see what society allows him to—the blackness of Jim’s skin. He is reluctant to be seen with Jim because he knows “People would call [him] a low-down Abolitionist and despise [him] for keeping mum” (50).