The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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While not every cause is worth fighting for, notable men like; Huckleberry Finn, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Atticus Finch, and Ralph from Lord of the Flies recognize that when something’s worth fighting for, one needs to sacrifice for those thing bigger than them. Hence, men who have empathy along with selflessness, honor and integrity can be a leader for a cause they believe in.
In the mid-1800’s, slavery was still prevalent in the South. Huck, a teenager about the same age as our eighth grade class, puts his life at risk in order to help Jim, a runaway slave, escape to the North. In doing this, Huck shows selflessness, because he is willing to get caught and punished for a cause bigger than himself. “I do not wish any reward, but to know I have done the right thing.” (Huck Finn, P. 272) Even though Huck is a teenager, he is willing to help a runaway slave that he hardly knows because Huck can see this injustice in his rural community and in the country at large. Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, once said that “Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.” People were given minds and the ability to form their own thoughts and opinions. During the mid -1800’s, it didn’t appear that many people were thinking through the decision to own slaves, given how prevalent slavery was in the South. Even though slavery was a way of life, people should have questioned how inequitable it was to enslave one race and force them to work without pay. How is it that a 15 year old was one of the only townsfolk to stand up to this unjust treatment of the blacks? In my opinion it’s because Huck had empathy. Huck recognized the slaves mistreatment when he says, “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another,” (Huck Finn, P. 233). Over time Huck becomes disheartened by the ongoing exploitation of slaves by the people around him. When Huck encounters Jim trying to escape to the North for a life of freedom, Huck agrees to help even if it means risking his own freedom through imprisonment. Huck becomes a leader with a cause driven by the empathy he feels for Jim and his beliefs about slavery.
In the book The Killer Angels, one of the main characters demonstrates empathy and honor throughout the novel. After losing 700 of their 1,000 men, in the opening pages of the story, the 20th regiment of Maine is in a tough situation as they embark upon one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil war. Lt. Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the leader of the 20th, gets word that his regiment is going to receive an additional 120 men to help him fight. There is one caveat; all of the soldiers are mutineers, soldiers that refuse to obey to fight. JLC (Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain) is faced with a difficult predicament; he could shoot the mutineers for not obeying orders or he can figure out a way to influence the men to obey orders and fight. Lt....

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