In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain develops a contrast between two of the main charters; Huck Finn, and Tom Sawyer. These two charters have have differing view points that come to represent both sides of American ideology. Huck learns by making mistakes, and figuring out how to fix what he had done wrong. In the book, Tom and Jim become closer and closer, and Huck learns that Jim is a normal human being. As Huck meets more and more people his views are tested and even change, but he learns, and confirms, that Jim is just like him, and that society has it wrong.
This ideology that Huck has is what we should strive for. Stick up for what you think is right, not what others think is right. But in this age of mass media, we have ventured more towards Toms ideology.
In the novel Tom is very into reading books, and learning random information from such books. Tom comes from a wealthy family. He forms his opinions from what he had learned from his reading. He forms his beliefs on what was said in the past. In the Untied States today, we are growing more and more towards the United States of Tom, as more and more people are no longer standing up for what is right, and instead falling in to the ideas that others have. This idea helps to form what is modern racism in America today.
By growing more and more compassionate, we can strive to become more and more like Huck, and begin to stand up for what we know is right, not what people around us think!