There is a common point of view among some people that the surroundings determine the character of person. But there are also people who have the opposite attitude to this. They believe that if the man makes money, the money doesn’t make a person. Our example demonstrates that people who grown up with the slaves, have the few features and habits which are not appropriate for them. But they still have them and live in thee certain way because of surrounding people and life in general.
In the novels of Mark Twain it is pointed out that Tom and Roxy’s extreme behavior in the line with the horrors of being sold down the river. In this situation not their innate personalities are pointed, but the causes of their desperate actions.
Roxy thought that her child could grow up and be sold down the river. She came to this conclusion when her master threatened to sell the slaves after his discovering that someone has stolen some valuable things from him. The woman couldn’t think about such a terrible way of selling the child, so in the end she switched the babies. From the one hand she was so afraid of the terrible way of selling her own child. But from the other point of view she even thought about killing herself with her child. Woman thought that it was the better decision to kill the child by her own, than the small baby would be thrown down the river.
According to the plot of the novel, Roxy kept her child from death and brought him up. It was so strange, but the boy grew up and was so disrespectful to his mother who always kept him and protected during the childhood. Looking at the son, Roxy believed that his subordinates were slaves. Tom replied that there was nothing lower. He said this after he knew that Roxy has some unique information about him.
It was about the inheritance of his uncle, and these pieces of information would determine whether he would still be willed to it. Tom was too desperate and there were some reasons to do so. By the way, boy didn’t want anyone to know about his debts. And Tom was still if debt because of the gambling games, which he liked most of all in the world. Knowing this information, Roxy told him that she would wait him in the old haunted house to discuss the problem and find the most appropriate solution. The actions took place in the old house and Roxy revealed to Tom that she is his mother and she is abused of his debts. She began to shout that he was a nigger and the child of slave. Roxy also said that she was not right when she rejected the idea of selling Tom throwing him at the river.
There is a common point of view among some people that the surroundings determine the character of person. But there are also people who have the opposite attitude to this. They believe that if the man makes money, the money doesn’t make a person. Our example demonstrates that people who grown up with the slaves, have the few features and habits which are not appropriate for them.