Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Literary Comparisons As They Apply to Life.

I recently read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and composed a compilation of its themes and the life lessons contained within their meanings....

The overall corruption of society concerning moral laws is significantly and abundantly illuminated in the story. This unethical and even nefarious corruption encompasses all of humanity, and there is no escaping it. As the protagonist embarks on his journey of freedom and escape, he is further introduced to the hideous and ruthless components of both humanity and society. His impertinent awakening constantly harasses his ideological and moral compass, which he barely even possessed in the first place, and forces him to conjure up reasonable explanations for wrongdoing, thus creating a loose system of self-conceived morals. There is no decently educated being with a knowledge of absolute truth in within the boy’s vicinity who is willing or able to foster his curious needs and teach him during these vital times of complicating discovery. This truth of societal corruption is presented as an inevitable and detrimental aspect that unfortunately exists. It is presented as a fair warning, and the trials of the protagonist are shown to exhibit the difficulties of it all; and these trials must be heavily observed, for they speak volumes that allude to present-day application. The vitality of having an earthly mentor and, more importantly a relationship with the Heavenly Father, is communicated. Without this guidance, one may become left to form inaccurate explanations for good and evil and, therefore, become corrupted and weak in his or her views, leaving a means by which external situations, specifically fallacious laws and trends, can penetrate the mind and thus affect the heart and its condition. Worldly society, as a majority, is entirely selfless and turned away from the Face of the Almighty. Humanity must be wary of prejudiced and unreasonable logic, as it affects all things within its reach; individuals often possess two sides of a moral viewpoint, consequently causing unreasonable bias and discrimination, and society, as it is affected by the people within it and above it, often overlooks fair and moral justice. The world is teeming with hypocrisy. Although the facts prove to be considerably pessimistic, they are vital, for they are nothing but truth. Both sides, positive and negative, good and evil, must be known, for both sides affect the amount of success in all situations. In an excerpt from 1 Peter 2:13,14, humanity in its entirety is commanded to “Submit to civil rulers ‘for the Lord's sake.’ ...[and] obey [the laws of the land] or stand condemned before God.” However, in Acts 5:29, which states, “We disobey only when obedience to civil law would involve us in disobeying Divine law,” it is clarified that Divine law, which is God, governs and exists above all physical laws. Despite the corruption of the world, humanity must persevere and look to the omnipotent and omniscient Face of Love, in order to successfully preserve the spirit and mind.

The profound presence of the discovery of equality by a young soul within the pages of the story exist to outmaneuver all hints of prejudice in existence today. This story was written during the struggles of slavery and intense, heated discrimination; blacks, which were considered property that produced blood and sweat as standard fruits of labor, were loathed and degraded and placed beneath all of humanity. Therefore, the pure fact that this revelation of a young mind has been documented as literature is truly revolutionary in every element. A true view of humanity and society as it was in the era in which racial oppression existed to a maximum extent is immensely valuable, for it depicts the evolutions of racism; and such knowledge can and shall be applied today, for, as long as evil is present, prejudice will be toiling and flaming amongst the land. Human beings must recognize the values of equality and overlook prejudices, which have become so imminent in society, due to individual hatred, and view all of humanity with an eye of peace and acknowledge the uniformity and value of life as God created it. Genesis 1:27 proclaims, “So God created man in His own image...” Through God, all men have been created equally, possessing equal value and being equally loved by the Savior. Humanity is commanded to treat others with consideration of this truth. This problem that surfaced and bled to infect parts of humanity must be avoided and countered with the love of Christ. A pure heart cares for all, despite physical differences and behavior. The young protagonist of the story is convicted of this very truth. During his adventure, he is accompanied by a runaway slave. Throughout the entire escapade, the slave is referred to as one man’s property. However, as the runaway continues to speak and interact with the young campaigner, his equality becomes evident, especially when he talks of his family and the love he has for the boy, and the protagonist is pummeled with the revelation that the two are equal in value and spirit. Judgement, which is out of place for man, and discrimination is an abomination of the law of the Lord. All of humanity must embrace Galatians 5:14, which says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This love is life as it should be, and it is God’s glory defined.