Prejudgment In Pudd’nhead Wilson, Hairspray Essay

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In both Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson and the 2007 musical film, Hairspray, there are many different forms of prejudice. To understand this issue, you must first know what it is. Prejudice refers to prejudgment, or forming an opinion before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. It often refers to preconceived judgments toward people or a person because of their gender, physical appearance, age, disability, social class, political opinion, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, language, nationality, or other personal characteristics. In both of these stories, racial and physical appearances are the most common forms of prejudice.
The main form of prejudice in the world is racial prejudice. This is also the most focused on in both of these stories. In Pudd’nhead Wilson, there is the issue of slavery, which thankfully, was abolished in 1865. Many of the main characters in the book were slaves. Roxy and ‘Chambers’ were slaves, but Roxy and ‘Chambers’ were freed and the real Chambers was sold into slavery. There was also a difference in how the slaves were treated based on where they lived. In Dawson’s Landing, the slaves are treated fairly well as long as they didn’t do something bad, but if a slave were to be sold down the river, they would be treated horribly. In the book you can tell the slaves are treated badly, because Roxy would rather kill her and her baby than be sold down the river.
In Hairspray, there isn’t the issue of slavery, but there is segregation against African-Americans. The black people in the movie all hang out by themselves and there are no white people around them. They aren’t aloud to sing and dance with the white kids, and the detention room is full of all the black kids. Another way the movie is segregated is the fact that once a month, they have Negro day. Any other time of the month, the black people aren’t allowed to take part in the show.
Another common form of prejudice is against people’s physical appearance. In the book Roxy and Chambers are only part black slaves, so they look white. This makes...

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