The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain showcases a story where society upholds racial discriminations that clearly set a line between slaves and those who own them. In the novel whites are superior while black people are below them and are practically just objects that can be sold and replaced. The way that society functioned and the abuse that Huck received is what made him decide to leave and find his freedom. Jim, a slave who was gonna be sold also decides to leave in order to obtain his freedom. Both Huck and Jim leave their homes and families to go on a journey to find their freedom.
An initial reading of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair might appear to be literary fiction, further analysis suggest that it is primarily a work of propaganda. Sinclair uses the protagonist of the story, Jurgis Rudkus to show the difficulties the family went through. In “The Jungle” immigrants were not treated right and Sinclair exposes the human flaws of people to show how the lower class society was mistreated. The family experiences this when “Ona was sexually harassed” (chapter 15) by an upper class, puppet to the capitalist society, Conner. This disgusting man took advantage of a poor immigrant girl.
Napoleon wanted to bring slavery back. He was stated to be a very racist man. Shannon states that Napoleon often referred to Bedouins, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Africans as "savages" and notes that when the French revolution abolished slavery that the policy was not fully implemented (cite). Napoleon thought he was right and just for enslaving the people of color for they were below white man. In his mind, he felt he was doing the white man a favor.
Throughout the novel, Pap abused the beloved Huck, so readers learned to despise him. So, when pap ranted about how he would “never vote again” (36) when he saw an African American man vote, readers are given the choice to be like pap or change their racist views. Twain uses the likeability of Huck and the hatred of Pap to change racist views. Mark Twain also used the king, another dislikeable character, to change racist attitudes. After the scam with the Wilks family money, the king and the duke went to a different town to get money.
I says I’ll never vote again…I says to the people, why ain’t this nigger put up at auction and sold? (Twain 147)” Twain uses these words expose one of the aspects of racism in this time period especially the aspect that Huck was surrounded by before fleeing from his money-hungry father. The idea of a human being speaking so low of another individual who is, in fact, more successful simply because he is a “nigger” brings me to think that this comes from a heart filled with racism and hatred for African Americans. Although Huck developed a better understanding of the hatred that comes from being racist I felt that him being surrounded by this at some point can explain his belittling comments to Jim throughout the novel. Racism may not have been intended general interpretation of this novel, excerpts like these may help readers, such as myself, develop an understanding of racial context before understanding the concept that Twain wanted to degrade racism and slavery instead of encouraging the use of racially offensive thoughts and
James Baldwin is very explicit in his novel about the conditions of racism in the United States, and where he believes they stem from. Baldwin seems to think it is an internal, and individualized mindset that causes African Americans to fall into their ‘expected’ roles. He tells his nephew, “You can only be destroyed by believing you really are what the white world calls a nigger” (Baldwin 4). Through this quote, Baldwin is appealing to the readers pathos and making them think more deeply about how one finds their own self identity. Is much of modern racism influenced by others opinions on ourselves and on each other?
The difference here is that this imbalance of Jacob’s love resulted in Joseph being sold as a slave by his brothers: “When his brother realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him – they wouldn’t even speak to him” (Genesis 37:4). Joseph fed into this as he boasted, bragged, and showed off. Although Joseph made poor decisions in his youth, he ended up making much better decisions after becoming a slave.
Humans have a tendency to get defensive of their actions, and resort to denial or ignorance when feeling attacked, which is why Baldwin begins his book with a letter to his nephew. The entirely of The Fire Next Time addresses the highly problematic racial inequality in that is still deeply ingrained the American culture and motivates the actions of its citizens. Despite the book's overarching message of the dire need for love and union between the black and white race, a level of resentment and anger is prevalent in Baldwin's narrative. The underlying message addresses the white readers, arguing that their privilege continues to undermine the black communities and that their practice of ignorance continues to perpetuate the problem. He holds
Huck realizes that he is committing an illegal act by helping a slave, who is also his friend. Huck expresses his guiltiness by saying, “It stayed with me, and scorched me...I tried to make out to myself that I warn’t to blame, because I didn’t run Jim off” (87). Society made Huck believe that all blacks are horrible creatures and any contact with them is a sin. The word ‘scorched’ connotes the guiltiness embedded in Huck by society. Huck has been burned with the idea that he is to blame for Jim’s escape.
After the establishment of the Imperial government the African men were decentred from their position. The black men who enjoyed the rights and ruled over women were suddenly thrown out and were put in the margin by the colonizers. Men try to be powerful and they became more aggressive and suppressive. In Ngugi’s Weep Not, Child Ngotho scolds his wife and tells her that he wants to be a man in his family. It is not only the problem of Ngotho but all men suffer from the same problem.