Discrimination In Huckleberry Finn Analysis

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Discrimination is a battle many have struggled with throughout our history. There is always a group of people to treat poorly because they are different. History has shown us that we can learn to accept differences in others, but we still have a long way to go. Early in the 19th century minorities lacked many of the rights of others, but as people begin to associate themselves with minority populations they develop a greater acceptance of their differences. Often times, discrimination is oblivious. People do not understand that they are being inhumane in the way they treat others simply because they are oblivious to the fact that these are people as well.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck has been raised in a world of slavery, but soon an unlikely
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“But somehow I couldn’t seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind.” Huck has written a letter to Mrs. Watson and is prepared to send the letter off, letting her know where the man is, but he can not bring himself to do it. He is beginning to question what is right and wrong, beginning to wonder why Jim needs to be a slave, if he really deserves that. At the end of this section, he still believes he is doing the wrong thing by ripping up the letter, but he doesn’t care, because black or white, Jim is his friend. This kind of change can also be seen in John Dunbar in Dances with Wolves. As he meets this group of Indians and begins communicating with them he starts to view them differently than he used to. The discriminatory thoughts begin to fade as he grows closer to these people, as he starts to realize that they genuinely are people. He recognizes that these people do not mean harm simply because of their ethnicity and he begins to look for forming relationships. He grows closer to this group of people and his original opinion of them alters drastically throughout the
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