The Cost Of Conformity By Mark Twain Essay

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The Cost of Conformity
Throughout the centuries, society’s standards drastically change. Whether individuals in any time period decide to follow society’s constraints and moral codes, often their choices determined how others treat them. Although standards constantly evolve based on the problems society faces, some expectations like social class and treatment of others never change. People constantly have disputes over their differences in order to conform to their society’s standards. In his nineteenth century novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain demonstrates how society’s standards impact an individual’s actions towards others.
Critics of Mark Twain’s work generally agree his writing intends to expose the corruption and persuasive manner of society’s standards. The critic William Henley reveals how Twain’s writing differs from others of the time due to his use of “The dialect of the Missouri negro,” and he identifies how against society’s standards the notion of portraying slavery and discrimination as realistic and inhuman (329). Twain shows the people in the society’s prejudice and compliance to their rules and standards through his character, Aunt Sally’s remark, "Killed a nigger. ' 'Well, it 's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt," because Aunt Sally implies the black people’s deaths do not have the same value as whites, and he implies he does not see them as people (Twain 230). Even so, the whites in society have problems of their own.…

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