Thursday, March 2, 2017
In Tom we Trust!
In America today, the "United States of Tom" is seen more in society than the "United States of Huck". Tom does not believe in reality and what he sees and feels, he believes in whatever he has read from books or the themes that they support. The article, The United States of Huck by George Sanders says, "Huck believes in the reality of people and things he sees, whereas, to Tom, these things are only imperfect imitations of the people and things about which he has read". In America today, we are influenced everyday by the news, media, other people, and the past. We let other people's views cloud our judgement which does not let us look at the situation ourselves and make a decision on what we believe in, we just follow what everyone else is following. Tom lets books give him ideas on issues and he only follows them. Whereas Huck judges things based on what he sees, feels in his heart, and what he believes is right.
Another example, in the book we see Huck relate to Jim as another human being who is just like him no matter his skin color while Tom just uses him as a pawn to do what people have done in the books that he has read. In the United States today, we use other people and do not actually care about them, we just use them to get something just like Tom used Jim to recreate what happened in his books. The "United States of Huck" actually cares about people and use their morals and feelings to guide them, rather than being guided by other people seen in the "United States of Tom". Next, Tom represents the upper class people while Huck represents the minorities and lower class Americans. This is seen in many social institutions across America. We see the "United States of Tom" through discrimination and racism that is still seen throughout America today. If the United States were more like Huck we would be closer to equality and people would do what they feel is right.
Currently, we live in a United States that is more like Tom but we need to be more like Jim. We need to make decisions based on what we see and how we feel, rather than what we have been told by society and the past. We need to challenge social norms and make our own decisions rather than conform to them and follow what everyone else is following. Our society needs to be one where people are making their own decisions and are not influenced by other things. A place where people use their morals and beliefs to do what they think is right. Our country has been dealing with the struggle of deciding whether we are the "United States of Huck" or are we the "United States of Tom" for almost 250 years and we are still deciding what country we are today. While we might have some that are following the values of Huck, in the United States today, we are the "United States of Tom".