The Effect Of Sterotyping In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn And Intruder In The Dust


The Effect of Sterotyping in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Intruder
In the book of Matthew, the Bible states that the second greatest
commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. When a person holds on
to stereotypes and resentments towards his fellow man he cannot possibly
love them to the degree called for. Both William Faulkner and Mark Twain
show their characters struggling to progress past their stereotypes and the
consequences of clinging on to them. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain and Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner the authors show
that stereotypes often lead to the inability to see the situation as a
whole as well as the internal ...

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however, the daughters suggest that the money
would be safer in the hands of the duke and king. The duke and king hide
the money behind a curtain in their room, but then the duke thinks that
they did not hide the money well enough. Huck observes them hiding the
money and describes it. "They took and shoved the bag through a rip in the
straw tick that was under the feather bed, and crammed it a foot or two
amongst the straw and said it was all right, now, because a n_____ only
makes up the feather bed, and don't turn over the straw tick only about
twice a year, and so it warn't in no danger of getting stole, now." (Twain
235). The reasoning behind the duke and king's action shows the stereotype
that they have towards the Negro slaves. They think that a Negro will
never do a more than adequate job. Turning over the straw tick represents
a job that only a Negro slave would attend to. The duke and king could not
see anyone else turning the straw tick in the near future. After the ...

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was truly not guilty of the murder. Gavin finally acknowledges that
Lucas did not kill Vinson when he answers Charlie's father's roar of
disapproval of not being informed of the whole situation. "It took an old
woman and two children for that, to believe truth for no other reason than
that it was truth…" (Faulkner 126). Here, Gavin states for the first time
that Lucas did not commit the murder. The stereotype that Gavin had of
Lucas' story made him slow to accept and react on the truth. Only after
Charlie points out the truth is he certain enough to act upon it.. Gavin's
stereotype blinded him from looking past Lucas' color to the truth that
Lucas, and eventually Charlie, ...

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