Education is not a necessity but working to make a living is important ?
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Another cultural assumption that I noticed in my novel, is that education is not a necessity but working to make a living is important.
One example of this is shown throw the theme of education isn't important. As education isn't as important as it is now days, compared to in my novel, it is no surprise that in Huck hasn’t had much of an education. While he is from the lowest levels of white society he does manage to get some form of education from Widow Douglas, who tries give him some of the schooling and religious training that he has missed. However Huck resists her attempts to reform him and sticks to his independent ways.
In my novel Huck makes a comment about how Widow Douglas teachers him about religion.
"After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushes and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people."
Another example of this is shown through the plot/storyline. In the beginning of the book Huck starts some start schooling, at first he doesn’t like it, but after a while he starts to enjoy it. After a few weeks of going to school his father, pap, one of the antagonists in the novel, a drunk man who leaves his son for months at a time, comes back to town to see his son getting an education, his father doesn’t like this and warns him to stop, however he doesn’t, so his father kidnaps him and takes him to a hut near the Mississippi River.
Pap makes a comment to Huck about his education " I'll take you down a peg before I get done with you. You're educated, too, they say—can read and write. You think you're better'n your father, now, don't you, because he can't? I'LL take it out of you. Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?—who told you you could?"
I believe that this cultural assumption is unfair. Twain is trying to show that during the time of his context education is not as important as it is today, if you are told to leave your schooling and work for your family you have to do so. However now days it is very difficult to get a job without some form of education. I believe Twain does challenge the cultural assumption, as Huck was told to stop his schooling, however he does not.
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