Gender Stereotypes In Huckleberry Finn

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“The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.” (Eric Berne). Eric Berne differentiates a jay and a sparrow, two birds that at a surface are nearly identical however have minor differences, being that they are in different families. The deeper meaning is that people simply look at face value, the things that can assess from a quick glance, from that the bias forms, the racist and sexist thoughts build up. History has seen women not even being able to vote as their jobs were to only raise and have children, to races of all kind being literally owned by a “superior race.” Despite the monumental advances made throughout history, for both racial and gender…show more content…
Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, there is a consistent female supporting character. That character, however, is always minor, and with the example of Aunt Sally, Tom’s Aunt and owner of Jim, the clear gender roles in the early 19th century are present. Twain writes: “But I reckon I got to light out of the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.” (Twain 263). The discrimination between male and female roles is prominent here because of the fact that Aunt Sally is the caretaker, and earlier in the novel that is all she does. Silas, her husband, is left the hard duties of tending to the house and other such trying tasks, however, for Aunt Sally she is simply left with the clearly sexist duties of a caretaker. She is to keep the house clean, have the children (in this case adopt them too), and tend to them. Despite the several waves of feminism and Women’s Suffrage in the early 20th century, the divide between men and women is still apparent. In the article: “Equal Pay for Equal Play?” by Carl Stoffers, the wage gap in the United States is addressed in the following quote: “U.S. Census Bureau statistics show median earnings for full-time female workers nationwide are 79 percent of what their male counterparts earn.” (Stoffers 1). This quote along…show more content…
As Berne inclined in his quote, the minute (for context I mean small) differences in people are pointless, and in the end, result in nothing gained if you judge one for it. The African American population was enslaved for hundreds of years in America, only because of the difference in skin tone and where their ancestors came from. Mark Twain satirizes that same time period, and with positive developments as a result of wrong traditions of slaveholding, society still finds itself with similar prejudices, as Wolf presented in his article. However, the lack of equality doesn’t stop there, with admittedly clear efforts to put an end to it. sexism is still an ever growing problem. Women were once housewives, and with Women’s Suffrage, they received their God-given rights, yet they still are denied the same opportunities their male counterparts are afforded. Afterall, through these sources, it is evident that society today still holds values that have not only been deemed incorrect but also are outdated and are without any clear justification for them. The horrible realization to make is that racism and sexism still exist in society, the same society, however, wishes to cast aside such prejudice but also is also the one that secretly still holds onto them.With this in mind, as well as the knowledge that progress for equality comes with every minute, hopefully,
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