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Should Gratitude Override Personal Emotions?

Mark Twain’s fictional character, Huck Finn, is a young white boy without a family on whom he can depend. Although grateful, Huck complains about aspects of life at the Widow Douglas’ home after she “takes him in.”

Although the Widow Douglas is helping him, Huck complains anyway.  Do you think Huck is being ungrateful - or - is he just thinking about life from his own perspective (as a lonely young boy in need of a friend)? Explain your answer.

Would you recognize Huck as a boy, of any color, who could be alive today - or - does he sound (and act) totally different from everyone you know? Explain your answer.

Do you think a person can be grateful but upset at the same time? Explain your answer.

Is it reasonable to think that our gratitude, for someone’s help, could ever replace - let alone override - our personal emotions?


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