First of all in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain describes the theme of friendship, the developing friendship between a white boy (Huck) and a black slave (Jim) is the main driving force of this novel. According to Huck, “Well, we got to save him, hain’t we? Of course. Well then, we won’t blow on them.” (pg 183) This quote is important because it is essential information that Huck wants to save Jim from the king and duke. This example shows to us how Huck feels about Jim.
“Examine what is said, not who speaks,” suggests an Arabian proverb. While this may be good advice, Mark Twin proved in his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, that communicating effectively may very well depend on who is speaking. His use of the character Huck Finn to convey his various views on society is much more effective than if he would have used another avenue, because the story is told from Huck’s first person point of view, Huck is an extremely relatable character, and Huck’s experiences bring him through struggles that deal directly with Twain’s opinions about the pre-Civil War social structure. Because Huck’s story is told in his own words from his own point of view, Twain is able to communicate his opinions very adequately. Twain quickly establishes the character and personality of Huck with sentences such as, “Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there.” (Twain 2) By using Huck’s brash, but also childlike, voice as his mouthpiece, Twain is free to expose the reader to his own views and opinions.
The themes that were most supported were Justice and Fairness, Different Forms of Discrimination, the Morals of Scout and Jem, and the Role of Place (Setting). The most apparent form of discrimination in To Kill a Mockingbird is racism; however, there are other types of prejudice and discrimination that symbolize relations among the novel’s characters. Scout, for example, is made fun of in "To Kill a Mockingbird" because she is a tomboy. Boo Radley is disliked despite the fact that hardly anyone knows him. The family of Atticus Finch undergoes discrimination when threatened while representing Tom
Appearance of Race in Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zura Neale Hurston puts an unusual perspective on the idea of racism and appearance of race. Instead of presenting racism as a controversy between blacks and whites, Hurston portray race and racial differences as barriers in which the members of that race enclose themselves. In the case of this novel, blacks continually Many times throughout the novel, the black community as a whole exhibits jealously at whites, scorns those who do not act traditionally “black,” and exaggerates the differences between blacks and whites in a way that contrasts with the civil rights movement. From the beginning of the novel, black resentment of whites and white qualities is apparent. Janie, who spent her early childhood with white children, does not even know she is different from the other children until she sees a picture of herself with them.
In “Being a Chink’ and “The Meaning of a Word” Christine Leong and Gloria Naylor look at words that are meant to hurt people. What caught my attention most were the two main words used in both essays, “Nigger” and “Chink”. With enough detail, I realized that “Nigger” is a very strong word and African Americans show no mercy when it is used towards them. I feel as if both words are very horrible ones said to people but do not carry the same amount of weight as “Nigger” does. To be truthfully honest, I cannot really relate to Leong or Naylor specifically with those words but I could with my own religion.
For over a century, women have been speaking about the double enslavement of black women and how not only are they handicapped on account of their sex, but they are mocked almost everywhere because of their race as well. In “Multiple Jeopardy, Multiple Consciousness: The Context of a Black Feminist Ideology,” Deborah King illustrates how the dual discriminations of racism and sexism remain pervasive, and how class inequality compounds those oppressions. In the case of Pecola Breedlove, the protagonist of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, this triple jeopardy of race, gender, and class ultimately leave her feeling socially powerless in society. Pecola must suffer all the burdens of prejudice of having dark skin, as well as bear the additional burden of having to cope with white and black men because of her sex. The beauty standards of white Western culture, the sexual abuse of Pecola by her father, and Pecola’s low economic status have multiplicative effects on Pecola and all aid in her progressive alienation from society as well as her fall towards insanity.
Major Themes Appearance vs. reality This issue is especially relevant to Iago. Although he is called "honest" by almost everyone in the play, he is treacherous, deceitful, and manipulative. Also applies to Desdemona, as Othello believes that she is deceitful and impure, although she is really blameless and innocent. Race Race is an extremely important theme; it has a great amount of influence on how people regard Othello‹for those who distrust black people merely on looks never like Othello, like Iago. Race also determines how Othello perceives himself as a rough outsider, though he is nothing of the sort.
Racism within Heart of Darkness What is racism? How can someone be classified as a racist? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, racism is classified as the poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race, or the belief that some races of people are better than others. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness has been considered a major turning point for authors and other works because his style of writing was different than most other pieces of literature in his time. Conrad’s use of ambiguity fascinated critics and readers as he used obscurity to dramatize Marlow’s perceptions of the horrors he encounters.
The personality of Huck Finn is a dilemma which Mark Twain enforces the readers to struggle during the reading process, Twain’s decision creates a tension throughout the book and demands a great thinking about the personality of the main character. Some might ask if Huck Finn is an embodiment of controversy or is he showing a constant moral growth during his journey or he shifts between being thoughtful adventurer, and just a society follower? The character’s controversy seems obvious to some, while others think that the development of the relationship with Jim is the building force of his mental growth. Huck is a child that experiences the reality of the world, the influence that Tom Sawyer and society produce on him, and being a kid in this reality he tries to create a comfortable entourage for himself, meaning being thoughtful and independent – creating his own rules. The street smartness, adventurous sense and willingness to make changes are the finger-prints of his background.