Essay on The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

1164 Words Mar 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Cultural change is very slow. The law can change immediately, but people’s ideas and morals will change slowly. In the United States, particularly in the South, attitudes about black people did not change despite the abolition of slavery and laws that guaranteed equal rights regardless of race after the Civil War. There are individuals who are more progressive, but the social attitudes as a whole changes quite slowly. The slowness or even complete lack of social change could be criticized. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the author Mark Twain criticizes American society and its morals, specifically the effectiveness of the Reconstruction period. Twain also addresses how privilege has a large effect on membership and identity, which in turn determines morality. Privilege or rather the lack of privilege for the most part determines a person’s identity and membership in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This identity determines a person’s morals relative to the rest of society. There is evidence in the story that Tom Sawyer is more privileged than Huck Finn, which is important because their socio-economic status largely account for their differences in moral development. Tom Sawyer appears to be well-educated and he reads books often. “I’ve seen in books; and so of course that’s what we’ve got to do” (9). This indicates that Tom has leisure time. Tom is also higher up the social ladder, with the capability to lead his band of friends. First, despite that…

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