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Compare and Contrast: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


Search for Freedom In the 19th century, the blacks were discriminated against in the United s by the whites. Huckleberry Finn, in his story, describes his experience in search of what he called freedom. The young boy who lived along the famous river of Mississippi tries to show through the history of slavery and how they were treated by the whites (Twain 237). The whites viewed the blacks as some property they owned and, therefore, the society in general viewed the blacks as being inferior. As we have seen in the views of the young boy, he observed the whole situation and found that the societal belief on the issue of slavery is the one which made them slaves. This hindered the development and growth of justice in society and personal morality.

Huckleberry also found that the issue of the whites being superior to the blacks contributed to the growth of slavery. Huck’s father used him to earn something to help him get alcohol. He also strongly believed that all men were equal and black people also had their own humanity and dignity and, therefore, should be respected. On the other hand, we look at the article of Douglass, who like Huckleberry Finn, was born in slavery. He embodies the realities that slavery laid on to the eyes of the Americans.

The same way Huckleberry observed that blacks were inferior in the eyes of the whites, and the two victims of slavery believed in the fact that all human beings are equal, and hence, should be treated in the same way. His motto to convince any person to unite also in preventing what was considered morally wrong from an ethical stance. The only difference from Huckleberry Finn is that Douglass escapes from his master who had hired him as a slave but, he was later elected as the marshal of the United States (Douglass, 514).

Works Cited
Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Simon & Brown, 2011. Print.
Douglass, Frederick. Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an
American Slave / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. New York: Library of America. 1994. Print.

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