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The Importance Of Individualism In Society

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Being an individual means to be free from society. Mark Twain portrays in his satiric novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1884 in the Antebellum South in Mississippi, 14 year old protagonist exposes the immorality of white society. The author’s purpose is to criticize the racism, slavery, and the hypocrisy that existed in the white “civilized” society in order to enact social change. Walt Whitman portrays in his free verse poem “ Song Of Myself” from the collection Leaves Of Grass published in 1855 that everyone in the universe has a purpose and that purpose is to be a part of nature. Whitman might express the idea to Twain that everyone in the pre-Civil War era is a part of nature and find solutions from it; therefore everyone has to value nature because it represents the higher power. James McPherson, author of “The Best Government on God’s Footstool,” claims in his historical account, What We Fought For, during the Civil War is that why did they fight. McPherson wrote similarly as Whitman in his writing, What We Fought For, that informed his readers that both sides fought for their own way of freedom and both had equal sacrifices. During a time of cultural turmoil the text made by Twain, Whitman and McPherson expresses ideas of individualism and society when an individual does not conform to society’s expectations during the 19th century.
In Mark Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, Twain’s character Huck thinks freedom is more important that
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