Freedom vs civilisation

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Another cultural assumption in my novel is the idea of freedom vs civilisation.

One example of the idea of freedom vs civilisation is when one of the characters Jim chooses to run away from his friends and family to be free from his life of slavery. During the time that the book is set the African Americans were commonly used as slaves to the White Anglo Saxon. However it was very rare that they were treated well. Jim had the option to leave his family and continue to be a slave South, or leave his family and run away. During his flee to freedom he bumps into Huck, and while they are drifting down the river they get into many conflicts, however they soon realise that they both want freedom from society as much as each other.

Jim and Huck get into an argument about letting Jim keep his freedom. "But mind, you said you wouldn' tell—you know you said you wouldn' tell, Huck." "Well, I did. I said I wouldn't, and I'll stick to it.

Another example of this cultural assumption is shown through the theme of people should believe what they are told and do what they are told to do.

One example of this is when Widow Douglas starts to give Huck some religious training. Huck is expected to believe and practice what he is told, and if he doesn’t then serious consequences would occur. During this time children had to do what they were told, while we have to do this today, I feel the consequences of not doing what you were told, in the context of my novel, were much more serious. Now days we as kids have some say in what we believe and what we want to do with our lives. Huck did not have this lifestyle, Widow Douglas taught him about religion he was meant to leave it, Huck was told to stop the schooling he was meant to however didn’t, and that lead to a serious consequence.

Huck mentions in the novel that "But it was rough living in a house all the time...and so when I couldn't stand it no longer, I lit out. I got into my old rags, and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied"

In the novel Huck wanted happiness , which he felt would only come from freedom. He was probably right, for his personal decisions that he wanted to make he would not have been able to do that in civilisation. I feel that people should not have to feel this way, as most people now days have the ability to speak freely and not be judged on what they say. I feel like Twain isn't challenging the assumption as Huck and Jim have to run away to get their freedom, they don’t stay and fight for their freedom.

Thanks for reading, see you next time :)

Consequences of not doing what you are told
Free to make his own choices

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2 years ago

I also enjoyed reading this blog post. It helped me to understand your cultural assumption of freedom vs civilisation. You clearly state that your blog post is about freedom vs civilisation and give evidence that it is present in your novel with your use of quotes. While you describe how freedom vs civilisation is present in your novel very well, you may need to identify the elements that represent this cultural assumption more clearly in your assessment task.

You have linked the cultural assumption of freedom vs civilisation to context by giving background information on how kids were expected to act in the 1800s. You have explained why you believe that the author doesn’t challenge the cultural assumption, however you may want to include why Mark Twain included this cultural assumption in the novel in your assessment task.

There was also similarity between our novels. This similarity being the fact that the main character in my novel considered/wanted to run away and be free rather than having to live up to social expectations.

I also really liked this blog post :)

2 years ago

Thank you :)