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As it was put by British novelist Laurence Sterne No body but he who has felt it can conceive what a plaguing thing it is to have a mans mind torn asunder by two projects of equal strength both obstinately puling in a contrary direction at the same time One cannot help but agree with this statement especially after reading Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In this story a young boy named Huckleberry Finn Huck for short experiences the lasting effects of the influences of the racist society around him Throughout the story Huck is constantly torn asunder by decisions that are accepted by society yet are against his own moralistic decisions Through the character of Huckleberry Finn one sees that the previous influences and ideals either good andor bad from a society never cease to disappear even when ones conscience is morally correct and that good choices are made through experience either accepted or controversial As one of the societys many influencesideals in the book racism and the views towards blacks are the most prominent topics that show just how powerful and influential a society can be on the malleable mind of a young child who is struggling to do what is right During this time period many whites if not all had deep feelings of contempt and hatred for the black slaves Many saw them as low beings as though equal to any wild animal and showed no sense of care or concern for their well being This appears in a conversation between Sally Phelps and Huck role playing Tom Sawyer Sally Good gracious Anybody hurt Huck Nom Killed a nigger Sally Well its lucky because sometimes people do get hurt 246 Through Aunt Sallys comment a black man doesnt count as a real person A black man is like a bug--it just doesnt matter if it dies There we see societys racism and how strong it is Another example
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