A Friend Of Mine By Mark Twain Essay

1025 Words Dec 13th, 2015 5 Pages
A friend of mine who is very in-the-now decided a long time ago she wanted to look like more like the group of girls at our school who are “the ideals.” Through the years she accumulated UGGs, leggings, North Face jackets and a North Face backpack. She wanted the brands these girls had and she wanted to look and act like them, soon becoming immersed in all their characteristics and rituals. One day, I saw her come in with an Aroma Joe 's cup, but I know she doesn’t like coffee, which she was boasting she was drinking. When I asked her about it, she explained to me privately that it was only water. She wanted the cup to fit in more, the girls around her bringing coffee to school every day. What kind of society do we live in that we have to fake drinking a beverage, just to fit in? Why is there such an urge to conform with these girls that we falsify our likes and dislikes? Mark Twain wrote that all humans, in general, conform their opinions to match those of whom they are close to so they are not shunned, similar to the girl who stood aside. In Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, set in a period where slavery was still preeminent and conforming to society was expected, Huck and Jim fight for Jim’s freedom while traveling further and further south. Jim, a slave, ran away from his owner’s house and found Huck, who faked his death and ran away. Huck is faced with the obstacle of choosing whether to reject society’s racist views and help Jim, or conform to society and turn Jim…

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