Analysis Of The Book ' Huckleberry Finn '

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Representation of Jim in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

In the opening of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim, an escaped slave previously owned by Miss Watson, is a simple, kind, and generous man who is also almost superstitious to a fault. However, Jim develops as a character throughout the novel in a humble passage from slave to free man and Tom Sawyer’s savior. This character transformation manifests itself throughout Jim and Huck’s time together in a search for freedom and a path back to Jim’s family that he left behind. While on the journey, Jim must run at night, hide during the day, and endure the loneliness of his situation constantly while taking care of Huck; this determination and personal strength despite oppression by white people make Jim one of the only respectable adults in the novel. Through courageous and selfless acts, the initially simple Jim demonstrates loyalty, love, strength, and wisdom to establish himself as a heroic figure in the novel. Jim seems to have a superstition for any occasion one could think of, but Jim is a product of his time and his beliefs provide answers to phenomenon that people could not explain. As a first impression at Miss Watson’s house, Jim’s superstitious ways come across as idiocy as he thinks that, “witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again”; However, the superstitions ultimately gain depth and background starting with Jim and Huck’s time…
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