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In the Novel The Light in the Forest prejudice is the most important theme The idea of judging someone before you meet them is mentioned repeatedly throughout the novel True Son the protagonist of the story is hateful towards the white race Even though he was born a white boy Indians captured him during the French and Indian War in the 1700s and raised him to despise the pale-skinned people He was brought up thinking that Indians are good and whites are evil Simlarly the whites hated the Indians They thought the Indians were rotten people that tortured and mutilated whites Their uncivilized way of life was disgusting The prejudice in this novel is like that of most conflicts During a war it is natural to categorize your enemies as evil and praise your own kind Youre supposed to only see one side of the story to convince yourself to fight for your own cause White-bashing is everywhere in this book especially in chapter four p17 Little Crane says The reason why they act so queer is because theyre not an original people they are a mixed people and that is what makes them so foolish and troublesome Why do they loathe the white people I suspect that it is because they are simply told to hate Like Goethe once said We know accurately only when we know little with knowledge doubt increases True Son was sure of himself in the beginning of the novel because he only knew one side of the story - all whites are evil But when he returns to his white family he befriends Gordie and Parson Elder Now there is a face on the white people theyre not all that bad Like Bejance predicted True Son was slowly becoming white-washed He began to understand their views and philosophy The clashing views later make him realize that Indians can be evil and whites can be good He becomes sure
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