Huck Finn’s the Duke and the King: Injustice, Immorality, Ignorance In Chapter 19 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain introduces the duke and the king, who are rescued by Huck and Jim on the raft. Though the pair of “noblemen” initially seem to be merely a source of humor in and even inconsequential characters, their malicious intentions and immorality are quickly revealed through their schemes to manipulate people they encounter in order to purloin their money. The men serve in the novel as a reminder to Huck and Jim of the constant presence of white society and its injustice that pursues even in the middle of the Mississippi River; as white adult males, the duke and the king exploit Huck and Jim’s status to carry out their schemes. Furthermore, Huck’s sense of morality develops as he realizes what these two characters are doing to the people that they meet along the journey South, and the schemes he witnesses become more and more disreputable until he feels that he must act. Despite the deceitful behavior exhibited by the duke and the king, it is at times difficult to feel compassion for the victims of their plots because of their sheer naiveté and gullibility.
His family suffers when he takes his anger out on them for the simplest things just to prove he is a man. Other tribe members suffer when Okonkwo continues to let them down time after time. Okonkwo’s fear of turning into his father, changes him into a different person that hardly resembles his past characteristics of being a heroic, smart and wealthy warrior. Instead, he changes into a man that cannot respect himself and others. Okonkwo is a clan leader in Umuofia.
The character of Jack in Lord of the Flies serves to highlight the uneven cruelty and power distributed through society. His character depicts a battle between good and evil, this theme is one that was influenced by Golding's own experiences in World War two. Jack represents the breakdown in society and how the “blood thirsty”, savagery in human nature can cause the fall of man and lead to autocratic tribalism. Jack’s craving for power is made evident right from the beginning of the novel. when the boys decide that they “ought to have a chief”, Jack jumps at the chance with “simple arrogance”, and states that its because he is “chapter chorister”, and can “sing C sharp”,so in other words, for no valid reason at all.
Kurtz had lived in the Congo, and was separated from his own culture for quite some time. He had once been considered an honorable man, but the jungle changed him greatly. Here isolated from the rest of his own society, he discovered the evil side and became corrupted by his power and isolation. He takes his pamphlet for the “International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs” and scribbles in, at the very end, the words "Exterminate all the brutes!" He induces the natives to worship him, setting up rituals worthy of a tyrant.
King Leopold's Ghost tells a story of the Belgian King Leopold II and his misrule of an African colony, named (at the time) the Congo Free State. It is a wild and unpleasant story of a man's capacity for evil and the peculiar manifestation of it. In telling this story, Hochschild does a wonderful job of giving detailed descriptions, especially of the colorful individuals involved, both good and bad. His analysis of the situation is very solid, starting with the movement when the Congolese hero (Morel) finds out a very terrible fact and moving on through his (Morel) analysis and actions, all the while telling the story of a treacherous monster. Set in the palaces and boardrooms of Europe and in the villages of central Africa, it tells the story of the tragedy that took place during Leopold's so called rule, a tragedy that is so familiar to African-Americans, being told of our African brothers residing in the homeland.
A historical event would be Hitler’s rise to power. The three mains causes the treaty of Versailles, the failures of the Weimar democracy and the economic situation all contributed to Hitler’s rule. There were many consequences from Hitler’s rule, the main consequences were the effects on groups of people, Hitler’s growing power and anti-Semitism. A major cause that resulted in Hitler’s growing power was the treaty of Versailles. The 1919 treaty of Versailles required Germany to pay war reperation to France.
By the narrator already assuming psychological judgment from the reader, the reader can also feel to question and doubt his sanity through just the first-person perspective. His madness is challenged when he admits the old man has done nothing to him and that he “loves the old man”, but yet is still going to murder him because of his eye. The reader also learns of the narrator’s psychological mindset right before he murders the old man. “But the beating grew louder, louder! I
Bigger is not the typical guileless protagonist, in fact, he evolves into an antihero as he rapidly becomes rancorous and reserved towards the society surrounding him ruled by white people. Despite his best efforts, Bigger is faced with the inevitable demise of his soul by selling it to the Devil, which is in his eyes the white people. He undertakes the position as a chauffeur for a prominent and wealthy white family, the Dalton’s. Although Mr. Dalton treats Bigger with more respect than the average white person would over the course of Bigger’s employment at the Dalton residence, it was very obvious that Mr. Dalton’s caring nature towards black people was simply a charade to make Page 2 himself feel and look better. This is a simple example of how white people could not bare to believe that the African American race was of an equal standpoint, even if they tried.
2002 AP Question 3 Moral ambiguity often makes it difficult for the reader to delineate good from bad. Mr. Kurtz, the mystified star from Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness, conflicts between his dark, corrupt mind and his inner benevolence. His speech is of astonishing elegance and beauty, yet his thoughts are of a diseased mind. Kurtz is a man filled with charisma and ideals, but there’s definitely a profound emptiness in his character. He lacks balance, and has clearly declined into madness as a result of his power.
The next factor that seemed to emphasize the cause of the war was German's dictator, Adolph Hitler, who led the Germans with the ideas of fascists. Since the Germans were going through the Great Depression, Hitler's idea seemed more efficient and they reluctantly joined him and his quest to conquer. He also began to sufficiently gaining popularity throughout Germany and increased their nation’s power. This situation began to worry all the neighboring countries and began fearing Germany. Nationalism was an extreme form of patriotism that swept across Europe during the 1800's.