Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass AND the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Comparison Essay By: Evan Weinstock
Period 7 3/11/13
During the period around The Civil War the country was in a major change and the issue slavery was at the forefront. Racial tensions were very high as most Northerners wanted the slaves to be free and all slaves wanted their freedom. During this time period of pre, during and post-Civil War many books and narratives of people’s lives and experiences where written and stories were past from generation to generation. During the Post-Civil War time both the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were written and published and both would become classics. In both books southerners are perceived as ignorant, there is no parental guidance or any parental figures and the way that struggles are shown is by Huck in Huckleberry Finn and by Frederick’s accounts of his past in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
In both Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass AND The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the southerners are ignorant and terrible people. When Huck and Jim run away from Ms. Watson because she is a terribly mean and ignorant slave owner and makes them work terrible hours and assist her do everything. In Frederick’s life his first slave owner Mr. Anthony is a terribly ignorant as he treats his slaves like trash constantly whipping them and beating them. In Both books the southerners are the bad guys as they should be for owning slaves and being so mean to another human being, but in the time period of the 1860s slavery wasn’t looked down upon in the south and it was just a way of life.
In both Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass AND The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the southerners and just the common man lack humanity for the struggling Huck and Frederick. When Huck and Jim are traveling on the raft they meet many new interesting people but almost all of them...
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