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An Analysis of the Common Themes in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Wild Cat Falling by Johnson and Twelve Angry Men by Rose
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An exploration of selected texts Huckleberry Finn HF by Twain Wild Cat Falling WCF by Johnson and Twelve Angry Men TAM by Rose reveal common themes that are of universal interest All texts raise the issue of racial prejudice In HF Twain uses the na narrator Huck to reveal the racial discrimination that is a socially disease Similarly in WCF Johnson criticises the discrimination of the whites towards the Aborigines It is clear that all composers are critical of the racial attitude of many prejudiced people in society Another common theme is injustice However this theme varies according to the text In HF and WCF the injustice is evident towards the black race In WCF injustice is demonstrated by the prejudiced attitudes of the jury The selected texts raise the universal issue of prejudice In the novel Huckleberry Finn Twain demonstrates social prejudice of the white society towards the slaves Aunt Sally typifies the Southern attitude towards the slaves when she responds to Hucks comment that nobody had been killed except for a nigger Well its lucky because sometimes people do get hurt It seems that the blacks are not perceived as human beings simply as slaves to be exploited Similarly in Wild Cat Falling Johnson criticises white discrimination and prejudice towards the blacks through the protagonist who makes a wry comment on the behaviour of whites towards blacks Funny how they oil themselves over and bake to achieve the despised colour I was born with In the play Twelve Angry Men prejudice towards the lower class is demonstrated through the 4th Juror who comments Slums are breeding grounds for criminals This sweeping statement enrages the 5th Juror who was raised in a slum himself and he responds ironically Ive lived in a slum all my life I nursed that trash in Harlem Hospital six nights a week I used to play in a backyard that was filled with garbage Maybe it
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