Examples Of Superstition In Huckleberry Finn

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It is a widely held belief that America has strayed from its old ways. But has America changed all that much? In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck lives in a world full of racism and superstition. Huck does not differ from most Americans at the time, by believing in superstitions and by being racist. Is America today anything like Mark Twain’s perception of America? I believe both superstitions and racism exist in America today. In Mark Twain’s book, silly superstitions surround Huck. For example, Huck is led to believe that a hair ball could tell his fortune. Although people at this time do not seem to realize this, there connection between the future and a ball of dead skin cells does not exist. After being told of Jim’s magical hair ball, Huck says, “quote” (Chapter 4).…show more content…
Racism still exists in America today, but perhaps not to the extent that it used to. Although slavery no longer exists in America, racism still does. For example, America has a racist president. He only seems to represent the African American population, and holds an ideology that favors them. Although this is a different type of racism as before, it is still an example of racism. While talking about how Obama helped his friend, an African American, in a situation, this author says he is a racist “because he, like his friend Gates, automatically assumed the white police officer acted stupidly" (1). This is racist because Obama, rather than considering that his African American friend does wrong, automatically assumes that the white police officer has does wrong. Also, even racist picture cameras exist today. The blink feature has been standardized for Americans’ eyes, not Asians’. Asians live in America, so the blink feature on a camera should work for them as well. Although this is not the same type of racism as in Twain’s America, America still has racism
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