Racism, Social Injustice, And Prejudice Essay

1789 Words Apr 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Even though written decades apart, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird are very similar in their treatment of racism, social injustice, and the main character’s moral development. The two child narrators, Huckleberry Finn and Scout Finch, are very similar in their personalities and stories of self-discovery. They are both boyish and independent. They are both faced with moral decisions at a young age. Huck grows to realize the immorality of slavery and racism in pre-Civil War America ("Huck Finn Controversy") while Scout witnesses the double standard of separate-but-equal in the Jim Crow South. Though their communities think otherwise, they both come to the conclusion that everyone should be treated equally. They view those that have been excluded from society as fellow human beings deserving compassion and understanding. ("Racial and Religious Hypocrisy in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.") Through his adventure with Jim, a runaway slave, Huck undergoes a revelation about the humanity and equality of his fellow man. During the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape, Scout learns about society’s undermining of justice and equality. Both children learn “to crawl inside someone else’s skin before you judge them.” Both the children use the word “nigger” liberally, causing the reader to initially consider them racist. However, the attitudes of Huck and Scout are countercultural for their generations. The children are…

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