Consequences Of Racial Prejudice In Huckleberry Finn: Around The World

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A society is a group of people that have similar beliefs and expectations of one another. When members violate rules of the group, they may be excluded or ostracized by other members. Sameness is appreciated in a society. Unfortunately differences can have very serious consequences for those who choose to break social norms or don’t “fit” into the society. These reactions by a society helps to bind members together making the society strong. It forces many individuals to follow the rules out of fear of losing acceptance and respect from their peers. It can even create problems within societies. Racial prejudice has long been a way of many cultures through history. Interracial marriages were not accepted. One race was considered superior to another and people were expected to stay with “their kind.” The color of one’s skin says, “ I belong” or “I’m an outsider.” Although today many countries have tried to teach acceptance and equality for all, there are still very racist societies. And even those countries who boast their society is not prejudiced, are still guilty. The theme of racism is repeated throughout history in literature around the world. The following examples depict racism of some societies in American culture, that has gone from very racially prejudiced to not so prejudiced (even though it claims not to be a racially unprejudiced society.) For example, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, was set in 1880’s following the civil war of the United States that

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