Because John cannot seem to remember his ten commandments while Hale is questioning him, “he is stuck. He counts back on his fingers, knowing one is missing” (67). Proctor is purposely trying to stall because he does not want to state the commandment about committing adultery. Nevertheless, John did have an affair with Abigail, but he does not want Hale to know because he fears he will be seen as a bad man. The seemingly amiable, Christian man does not want to have his honorable reputation taken away.
He writes, ‘‘We never saw one who did not like his slaves, and rarely a slave who was not devoted to his master… I am thy servant!’’ (3). Fitzhugh hides information from the reader and is ambiguous about when or who would ask the slaves if they were content with their masters. He misinforms the reader about why a slave would be glad to say he is a servant, making the reader assume it’s because of their devotion to their master. Based on ‘‘Logical Fallacies’’, Fitzhugh commits the fallacy of hiding information/half truth (4) that once again discredits his argument. On the other side, Douglass explains the logic of why a slave would lie.
It also gives us an understanding of why he is also very loyal to his good friend Tom. Tom never really had the safest or best ideas, but Huck trusted him and was loyal because that is a value he has. A counterclaim that can be made against Huck is that he also showed some bad values by not turning Jim in. At the time, there was of course slavery going on and to help a wanted slave was considered wrong and dishonest in the eyes of many people. Some may say that Huck was a dishonest person because of his choice to not turn Jim in.
The issues with Dana’s mentality should be very obvious, however, the other characters don’t necessarily see this change as a problem. For example, Kevin just thinks that Dana needs some alone time, but then after some time they can have sex and everything will be fine. Similarly, Rufus doesn’t ever take in to account Dana’s emotions, so the beatings and slave trade which are normalized in the 1800s are not normal for Dana, but Rufus ignores her feelings and does what he wants in order to keep power over her (Butler 214). Both Kevin and Rufus simply think that Dana is not used to the situation or is
Boo has lost his essential social and communication skills and can not survive outside of his home, this is the consequence of continually being ridiculed and can damage somebody’s self-esteem. In addition, Atticus Finch is another victim of prejudice in the novel. After being chosen to defend Tom Robinson, the town folk starts to exhibit prejudice towards him. The town folk trust that Atticus will not present a legitimate defense for Tom because of his skin color, but Atticus full heartedly intends to do so because he believes in equal rights and condones in prejudice or racism. In addition, Atticus Finch is also the victim of
Despite their friendship, however, Huck still doubts helping Jim escape. Huck wants to, “write a letter to Tom Sawyer and tell him to tell Miss Watson where [Jim] was.”(page 213 Twain). Huck feels bad about helping Jim runaway. He feels like he, “Was stealing a poor old woman’s N. that hadn 't ever done [him] no harm.”(page 213 Twain). He begins thinking about Mrs. Watson and her religion, thinking he would go to hell for helping Jim get away.
The slaves were excited to be free since if their master died they would be freed. (20) They would be willing to sacrifice someone’s life in order to be free. They felt that they had to make a struggle for themselves to try to learn how to read and write (Doc 13). Some slaves couldn 't pray because it was forbidden by their slave masters so they had to pray in secret and if they got caught the slaves could have been wiped by their master (Doc 15). The slaves were mad because they would always be getting the leftovers from the slave master (Doc 19).
For instance, it is human nature to want to follow emotions. Huck, and other characters in the novel, act on their hearts not their minds. Specifically, Huck wants to turn Jim in because he believes it’s the most logical solution. And by not writing away to Jim’s rightful owner about Jim, Huck believes he is holding on to the biggest sin of all (161). Since others taught him that slavery was acceptable Huck determines that the right decision is to not free him, however, his heart tells him that Jim deserves to be free.
Huck decides to tear up the letter, for he cares too much about Jim to deny Jim’s existence and humanity. Huck chooses what he thinks is right and what he wants to do and doesn’t conform to society like Emerson. During Hucks process of picking what to do he was thinking that if he followed society and turned Jim in he would be following the rules, however he would feel horrible and if he went against society, like Emerson did, he would not be obeying the rules but he would feel better knowing that he kept his friendship with Jim and make Jim a happy person. At this point Huck’s split from society shows that he is not shaped by society and commits
A dream about how enough is never enough, and will forever yearning for more. What is so bad about wanting more, in the generation of entitlement, we shouldn’t be criticizing a man who just wanted his life to be back to the way it use to be when the world was at his feet. “Americans, while occasionally willing to be Serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry” (Fitzgerald 88). Most people are willing to be docked down a few notches on the social ladder as long as they are not the bottom. Once people are docked to the bottom they will become upset and either try to better themselves or sit where they are at and blame everyone around them.