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Chapter 14; Page 90; Discuss Twain’s opinion of education “Well, den! Dad blame it, why doan’ he talk like a man? You answer me dat!” Jim is confused by what the Frenchmen are saying and asks Huck why they don’t speak English. Huck tries to explain to Jim that they are Frenchmen and people speak different languages all around the entire world. Jim has been seen as rather quite intelligent, but he is unable to comprehend the fact that there are other languages spoken besides English and he is firm in his belief that a true man speaks English, for he himself speaks English and others should “talk like a man” too. Jim is acting closed minded and only sees what he thinks is true/right. Jim refuses to accept that there are different people in the world that speak different languages, which is partly due to the fact that Jim somewhat see’s everyone as equals/the same. Twain is using Jim’s ignorance and confusion to show that education is flawed because people are closed off to believe one thing and aren’t truly learning. Twain suggests that people need to be open-minded about things and not be so lazy and set in stone about their beliefs, so that they are able to advance and see past what they believe to be true. Twain suggest that Jim, like most people, is uneducated because what he think to be “like a man” is not true. Twain suggests that true learning comes from experience and in order for people to see these lessons they have to be open-minded and not so refined.
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Chapter 5; Page 30; Discuss Twain’s opinion of education “Well, I’ll learn her how to meddle. And looky here- you drop that school, you hear?” Pap is telling Huck to stop going to school because he is afraid that Huck will become smarter than him and is therefore jealous of Huck’s wits. I think that what Twain is trying to show about education in this quote is that when people feel challenged by something they grow ignorant with it and refrain from it. Twain is saying that people are staying stuck in their old ways and don’t want to learn something new because it is hard (scary). They choose to ignore/dispute it. Twain is more specifically inferring that education is again failing and people are not getting smarter because they are ignorant of what they don’t know. They feel in danger and so they crawl back into their tiny hole and remain dumb to what they are ignorant to. Twain is also saying that education is not valued that much and to “drop that school” because you can only learn so much from school and can learn “how to meddle” things on your own through experience and learning what is right. Pap is able to accept life without education and encourages Huck to do the same because he feels like school is worthless and there is no point for Huck to learn if his family can’t. This is another opinion of Twain’s about education, which says that education isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and learning to become part of the “civilized” world isn’t all that great because “civilized” people are ignorant.
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