FC: Joseph Donohoe
1: The adventures of Huckleberry Finn took place in the 1830-1840 in Missouri along the Mississippi river. The Mississippi river separated the east from the west and was considered the fronter. The North has abolished slavery, so many of the slaves would escape to gain freedom in the north. However the south still depended on slaves to harvest crops and work the fields. The idea of industrialism was not realized, so many people needed to fend for themselves and lived of the land. Their were very few cities in and the area was very rural. The novel opened doors for the readers interpretation of the book. The novel also holds a purpose more deep than whats right from wrong. Twain mocks society and exposes its corruption and flaws.
2: The education of young children was treated as if it was important. If you were not wealthy or had no desire to be educated, then you were not. However, if you were a white man, then you were born into some sort of education. Most people were not well educated. Most slaves were not educated in anyway. They were illiterate and the fact that they were black made all white people feel superior to them. | Huck Finn was written in 1884, two decades after the civil war and the 15th amendment had passed. The novel Caused controversy still seen today.
4: Huck Finn was a 14 year old boy who was under educated. Huck had a relatively hard life. His father was a drunk who had beat him and was forced to move from location to location with a unstable life style. Huck's character really does developed throughout the novel. HUck develops morals that were uncommon in that time. Huck was ignorant and realized that all men are truly created equal, and deserve to be treated as such.
6: Huck realizes that Jim, is not only a black man, but a black man with a white mans soul. Jim helps Tom, which allows Huck to understand that no matter the color of skin, all men have the potential to be a good man. Huck becomes morally educated and was taught life's most important lessons... that life means nothing without friends.
9: JIm is he most well formed character in the n0vel. Jim is a former slave who runs away to escape from slavery and is trying head up the Ohio river to Ohio. Jim had planned to get his freedom and then to work to buy his family's freedom. Jim and Huck must go through many difficult tasks just to survive without being caught and tested one another's self will. Jim was a strong character that was able to make all the white characters realize that no matter the color of skin, no matter how dumb you were, no matter what god you believed in, all men deserve a chance to prove thyself.
10: Slavery and Racism: Slaves were taken for granted. Even though slaves were property, the white men didn't appreciate the work slaves did. Most of the racism seen throughout the novel was caused by ignorance. Jim was able to prove that slavery should be reconsidered and treat all men with respect. Even though the book was based in the 1830s, the book was written in the 1880s, so the idea of separate but equal was permitted. The Jim Crow laws were also in play, which limited the amount of rights a black man could hold. Throughout time, the white man has seen themselves as superior's to the black man. | The whole novel proposed problems with solutions that i believed that Twain included on purpose. I believe Twain wanted society to look at Huck Finn and use it as an example that man is as corrupt as society wants man to be.
13: Intellectual and Moral education: in the 1840s, society had different moral standards than what we do now. Society was always focused on what was moral correct rather than true reasoning. the south had the idea that any white man, didn't matter if he was the dead beat scum, was still better than a well educated polite black gentlemen. There was hypocrisy in the south. The south believed in religious affairs. This is where I believed that Twain mocked southern society. The idea that Jesus Christ would allow men to treat other men like property... a place were they thought to judge a man by the color of his skin.
14: The Jungle Upton Sinclair
15: Upton Sinclair uses The Jungle as a tool for his own popularity gain. The Jungle exposed the dangers of the meat packing industry's but also helped focus on the evils of capitalism and focused on the greed of society. One of the goals Upton Sinclair tried to accomplish was to make the American Dream more tangible for immigrants. Though the book was a success in the regulation aspect, however now that the meat packing industry was being regulated, it caused the expenses to go high, thus forcing workers to be laid off. This is just one of the many books that change the shape of society for better.