Twain emphasizes how, even as a white kid raised to follow racist rules, Huck has been the one that adopted the huge responsibility of changing someone’s life, and without noticing, changing his own life too. Sadly, people still refuse to accept the positive impact that this might have caused in today’s society. Huck represents the white people who believe in equality, whom back in the day would have been the
This journal article belabours the point that is also a common theme in “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: Malcolm’s changing views on civil rights. Again as a result of his tumultuous childhood because of the “white man”, Malcolm generalizes all white people as essentially haters of blacks because of the negative experiences he’s had with them and the tragic ways they treated him. But, as he grows older and matures, Malcolm has the eye-opening experience of seeing people of all colors worship next to each other. This is an interaction between blacks and whites that creates a positive environment as an outcome. Because of this experience, Malcolm X becomes less resilient to the idea that people of all colors can coexist.
Eli’s friends were like-minded individuals. Eli was stressed but willing to have fun. His group of friends, while not being a group of partiers, put their free time to use. In his high school, there were two distinct groups that separated the smart students. The “bookworms” were the wicked smart students that focused their attention only on academics and not on social or extracurricular activities.
Americans have embraced some key values and therefore chosen to also accept what costs those values might bring. Individuality is an important part of American legislation, life, and lineage, but with the cost of self-reliance. “Every man is the architect of his own fortune.” is the essence which this value encompasses and was inspired by. This value is the bedrock of other major American values, such as equality and freedom. Equality in America is meant as egalitarian equality; having the same rights and opportunities - not necessarily outcome, the price of which is competition which brings along materialistic tendencies and results in a great divide in social status within the population, such as rampant homelessness.
Twain chooses a child to narrate the book because of the innocent and fresh perspective. Huck has been raised to see slaves as object. Even his outspoken father, Pap, vows to stop voting because a freed slave is able to vote (Twain 34). When Huck is confronted by the idea of running away with Jim, he accepts. Although everyone will “call [Huck] a low-down Abolitionist and despise [him] for keeping mum,” it does not matter to him because he will keep his word (55).
To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel which teaches us many themes like empathy by always following right morals and doing what is right. Inside those life lessons the novel also teaches us something important. Readers see the power of an 8-year-old to defeat a mob, making them acknowledge what they are doing and “stand in the shoes of another”. We read that a total stranger who is isolated from society (Boo Radley) helps a pair of kids and ends up saving their lives. People do bad acts because of power, or maybe they don’t know better, or (most of the time) people choose bad because if they do what is right it isn’t going to benefit them.
I also doubt that we will ever be a happy country because of the focus on such small picture ideas. I believe that the equality that we are given as citizens of the US does make us somewhat unhappy. We tend to always want more, and when we finally achieve our desired goal, we hold on to the gratification for a moment and forget. No one can be perfectly equal in our society because of our possessions. Backgrounds and personalities make it almost impossible to make everyone equal, unless everyone is forced to be the same person (much like in the novella Anthem).
When I first came to the U.S., my quietness made me a deviant from the majority and I couldn’t even make a friend. During the film, some of the scenes somehow made me reminisce my past and learned how to appreciate what I have came through. Unlike the films that I watch in my spare time, this time I try to connect sociological concepts and topics to explore some parts of the movie. For instance, in the same scene in which Mr. Truman happens to steal the school’s money, I was thinking what social factors motivate him to commit such crime. As a white, male principal, he is part of the “Matrix of Power and Advantage”, who has advantageous abilities that allow him to “hold a number of statuses that are highly valued in society” (Parkhouse 2017).
Through this quote, Ellison exposes how history, the root of the issue in the novel, molds the eyes and minds of people so they see skin color as a derogatory difference, or race, and allow it to make people invisible. To be black, especially for the narrator, is to be amorphous; to not fall in the sight of society, for white men to view one only for the advantageous actions which he/she can perform for the white men. In the case of the narrator, he stumbles through the book serving as merely a mindless spokesperson for the Brotherhood, Mary seeing him through her hopeful eyes as a future community leader, and being a sexual fantasy for the women of Harlem (Bourassa
Social interactions will always be a part of everyone’s life. I can use the same Self-Reflection process to improve how I interact with others and hopefully be able to grow out of my shell one day. I believe I will be able to apply the insights I have learned throughout this course for the remainder of my life. At first, I thought the Self-Reflection process was a waste of time but it helped my grade so I did not complain. I believe it was a waste of time due to the fact that I was unaware of my flaws and that my hardships in high school was just part of the norm.
Times have changed, and so have the virtues and ideals that build up what we know as an American. America has portrayed an image of a “perfect nation” along with a diverse and equal society, however this is far from the truth. If you think that the United States is the most advanced country in the world, you have missed the bullseye and hit the edge of the dartboard. The concept of equality simply does not exist in today’s society. With one look, people already believe they know everything about you.