The article also says that the editor, Alan Gribben, replaced "nigger" with "slave" and "injun" with "Indian. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Note: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was first published in
The world is no longer simply a wonderland of curiosities, but a popularity contest.
Girls begin to wear makeup and form cliques, and boys become showmen, proving themselves with their fists. Think of Mean Girls or The Outsiders. This is a time in psychological terms in which children, going through their first major identity crisis, often begin to designate others into two categories: Meet Tom and Scout.
They are characters in this very stage and life, and while at times they are carefree, rambunctious troublemakers, at others, they are young adults faced with a daunting world distinctly divided across racial lines.
Tom Sawyer is a mischievous urchin, stealing from jam jars and tricking other boys into doing work for him. However, his blithe antics turn for the worst when he stumbles into a graveyard. He witnesses Injun Joe murder a man, and life is no longer a piece of jam pie.
However, he represents a term that will most likely appear on the AP Psychology Exam: He is treated like a savage by the rest of the town, and not accepted into the community because of his Native American roots. When a person is relentlessly treated in a certain way, it is difficult not to live up to this characterization.
Individuals view those in the ingroup as more or less diverse, whereas they view those in the outgroup as a single stereotype. Joe is a victim of the latter. Colonists horrifically displaced Native Americans from their land, and he is in part avenging the wrongs that they have suffered.
Tom Sawyer is also a mixed bag of tricks. This really stems from the insecurity that unavoidably comes with being an adolescent.
His unstable identity suggests that he is at a stage when prejudice and stereotypes can easily take hold; while it seems he is rebelling against adults, he is paradoxically deeply influenced by their attitudes and actions. To an even larger extent, Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird is faced with the confusion of adult prejudice.
Her father is defending a black man who was wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Atticus is therefore in a sense saying these adults have never grown up; their insecurity and ignorance perpetuates racism.
It is easy to view these novels as works of anti-discrimination in a post civil rights society, but are they really? Do you think Mark Twain is exposing the injustice of prejudice and stereotypes, or buying into them?
Injun Joe is portrayed in an extremely negative light. Even though To Kill a Mockingbird clearly advocates against racism, the novel still negatively stereotypes African Americans as helpless human beings who need to be protected by white people.
Though both books are now recommended to AP US History students, they have been banned in schools for their own problematic interpretations of race.
This ambiguity demonstrates that stereotypes are difficult to avoid; it requires a conscious effort not to see the world in in group-out group terms. Often as wayward adolescents we embrace stereotypes in order to make sense of the world, and it is our job as adults to break these categories down in order to reveal the truth.
Paul Thomson is an avid reader of English Literature. In his spare time, he loves to participate in online literature forums and promote reading for youth.
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