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This post was edited by robert237 at 2018-2-10 06:48|
A few weeks ago someone was asking for recommendations on a good book written in English to read.
One of my favorites is "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
by Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
I didn't respond to the post because this book was first published in 1884 and the story took place
about 40 to 50 years earlier which was before the US civil war.
The language is full of slang and words which are no tolerated in today's America.
The word n*gger has been replaced by "minories" and the term wet back has been replaced by "illegals".
Other than that there are still the same prejudices in America today.
Major themes include the following: (from wikipedia)
By the way, Jim is a runaway slave that Huckleberry Finn befriends on his journey in this book.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn explores themes of race and identity. A complexity exists concerning Jim's character. While some scholars point out that Jim is good-hearted, moral, and he is not unintelligent (in contrast to several of the more negatively depicted white characters), others have criticized the novel as racist, citing the use of the word "n*gger" and emphasizing the stereotypically "comic" treatment of Jim's lack of education, superstition and ignorance.
Throughout the story, Huck is in moral conflict with the received values of the society in which he lives, and while he is unable to consciously refute those values even in his thoughts, he makes a moral choice based on his own valuation of Jim's friendship and Jim's human worth, a decision in direct opposition to the things he has been taught. Mark Twain, in his lecture notes, proposes that "a sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience" and goes on to describe the novel as "...a book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat".
To highlight the hypocrisy required to condone slavery within an ostensibly moral system, Twain has Huck's father enslave his son, isolate him, and beat him. When Huck escapes – which anyone would agree was the right thing to do – he then immediately encounters Jim "illegally" doing the same thing. The treatment both of them receive are radically different especially with an encounter with Mrs. Judith Loftus who takes pity on who she presumes to be a runaway apprentice, Huck, yet boasts about her husband sending the hounds after a runaway slave, Jim.
Still, you can learn a lot about the US from this book. Much if it still holds true today.
Those who have been successfully indoctrinated in the American way of life hold unbounded contempt
for communism and worship the rich capitalists who they serve.
To be fair, the successfully indoctrinated know nothing about communism as witnessed in the China Daily forum.
We know who they are.
Fortunately some of us from the west have been able to refute those "values". Not near enough though.