They see a town and decide Huck should go and see if this town is Cairo. Huck plans to give up Jim when they get to the city but Jim says, “Huck; you’s be de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now” (Twain 135). Huck struggles with whether or not he will turn Jim in. As Huck is paddling to the shore, he meets a few men who want to search his raft for escaped slaves. Huck concocts an elaborate lie and acts grateful to the men, saying no one else will help them. He convinces the men that his family on that raft has smallpox. The men, deathly afraid of smallpox, leave Huck forty dollars out of pity and leave. Here, Huck actively decides not to turn Jim in. Huck gets closer to realizing that Jim is a person that deserves rights. Huck struggles between what he thinks is right and what society thinks is right. Huck starts to think for himself, branching out from what society has told him to do from when he was a boy. This is a great leap for Huck in his growing maturity and morality.
In the story, Huck realizes that he doesn’t have a real family, with his mother deceased, and his father nowhere to be seen, he is left in the custody of the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. The widow takes him in to teach him how
This young boy’s name is Huckleberry Finn, and he is brave and yearning for adventure. He begins the story with a newly acquired fortune, but goes back to living in rags and in a barrel. Huckleberry is convinced by his best friend, Tom Sawyer, to go back to living with “The Widow” so that he can join Tom’s newly created band of robbers. The Widow Douglas is a woman who takes Huckleberry as her son and does her best to “sivilize” him: teaching him how to behave and forcing him to go to school. Huckleberry slips off and joins “The Tom Sawyer Gang” and pretends to rob people for about a month before he resigns. All this time, Huckleberry is getting used to living with the widow, even admitting that he likes it a little bit. Then, one day, his father shows up, demanding his fortune and eventually taking him to his log cabin, hidden in the woods. There Huck hunts and fishes, but is not permitted to leave. Eventually, “pap got too handy with his hick’ry” so Huck escapes down the river when his father is drunk. Huck hides on Jackson’s Island and meets Jim, The Widow’s slave. Huck learns that Jim had run away from The Widow and so they decide to help each other out. But when Huck learns of a plan to search the island, they leave down the river. Several days later, they almost run into some robbers on a wrecked steamboat and manage to escape with their loot. When Huck and Jim land on the bank
His father yells at him for being able to read and go to school. He dislikes how Huck is trying to be better than he will ever be. Huck is forced to move in with his father in a cabin away from the Widow Douglas and Mrs. Watson. Hucks dad continues to torment him and take money for alcohol. One night Huck’s father is so drunk he almost kills Huck, in defense he holds a gun all night just to be safe. With no other way out, Huck fakes his death by making it look like Pap killed him and runs away without telling anybody. This stop is significant for Huck because it reminds him of what his old life was like. Just as he was starting to like his new life and getting used to being civilized, he had to revert back to his old ways. Finally, this stop showed that Huck was so desperate to get away from his father that the only thing he could think of doing was to fake his own
The widow and her sister, Miss Watson, transform Huck from a homeless boy into a civilized young man. They introduce him into the civilized world and teach him about religion. He is sent to school, and taught manners. Miss Watson tells him about the “good place” and the “bad place”. His introduction to religion creates an internal struggle between right and wrong. Throughout the book, he constantly thinks of Miss
Huckleberry goes to Miss Watson’s slave and tells him he saw his father’s footprints in the snow. Jim tells him that his magic hairball won’t work without money, so Huck pays him. The hairball told Jim that Huck’s father comes to the barn but doesn’t know if he will stay or go. He says the Huck’s father is listening to two angels that tell him what to do. Jim also tells Huck about his future involving the two angels that are in him. Then when Huck goes to his room, at night, he sees his
As Huck and Tom plan how to free Jim. Tom wanted to saw the leg off of his bed in order to unchain him but then he says that they need to saw Jim's leg off. Tom continues to come up with more steps in order to free Jim. Tom gets his ideas from the books he has read. Huck steals some items from the Phelps , (shirt, sheets, spoons, candlesticks) which Huck tells Tom he is “ borrowing” . Later Tom and Huck had an idea on digging a hole all the way where Jim is kept in. So Jim can escape through the hole.Tom steal a some of case-knives to begin digging. Tom tells Huck that it will take them at least a few years if they want to do it properly. Later on Tom finally realized it will take too long, so they agree to switch to picks. The next night
Huck a 13 year old boy, son of the towns drunk runs away from the real world where his father is constantly drunk and only pops up on him from time to time and the the widow Douglas who is trying to civilize him and teach him morals. Huck sets up his own murder and runs away onto an island miles away from where his town is, where coincidently he runs into a runaway slave named Jim who works for the widow Douglas who also happened to run away the same time Huck did. In result so both Huck and Jim running away, Jim is accused of murdering Huck
While Huck travels with the Duke and the King, Hucks never seems too bothered by their cons to a point where he feels as though he must step in. However, this changes when the Duke and the King are attempting to steal the family’s inheritance, as Huck says, “this is another one that I’m letting him rob her of her money… I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself, my mind’s made up; I’ll hive that money for them or bust”(Twain 177). Huck finds the courage within himself to “up and tell the truth this time” to Mary Jane, although he states that it would be like “setting down on a kag of powder and touching it off just to see where you’ll go to” (Twain 189). A sort of shift in Huck’s character occurs here, from laying back to keep everyone content to stepping forward and stopping what is clearly wrong.
The woman welcomed Huck and asked what he needed. Huck said he needed to visit his uncle in the north end of town, to get medicine for his sick mother. The woman said her husband would take him there soon. Huck talked with the woman about his own disappearance. She told him that at first people that Huck’s father killed him, but others though it was Jim because he escaped that same night. Huck gets uneasy when she says that both men have bounties on their heads, but he remains quiet. The woman suddenly tells him she knows he’s a boy and asks his name casually. Huck denies this but then tells her after she swears to secrecy. He said he lived on a farm where he was mistreated so he ran away to go live with his uncle. He also
Huck lives through many situations of remorse and guilt. One of which, he feels as if the world could go on without him. He wants to fake his death but thinking in his mind, “why me, I couldn’t get that out” (Twain 66), he did not know why even though he would be dead, thoughts would be present. Like other situations, such as putting the money in the coffin, Hick felt as though it was his fault and was guilty about placing it. An effect of this, he “could write back to Mary Jane” (135), and she could get the money that he placed. Events such as this show the increase in maturity that Huck takes. He feels guilty about lying and terrible with being
Huck is still trying to decide whether or not he should turn Jim in, so he writes a letter to Miss Watson. After Huck Finn writes about Jim’s whereabouts to Miss Watson, he says, Huck Finn finally realized all of the favors Jim had done for him; he set aside societal standards because he noticed that Jim was a person. Not just a slave or an uncivilized being. This exemplifies Huck’s death and rebirth because he succumbs to his natural belief and accepts what society does not. As a second part of this abyss, Huck must now accept his new self by changing how he
When the King goes to feel out one of the towns to see if the people of that particular town has heard of the fraud of a show that he and the Duke had been putting on Huck is planning his and Jim’s escape. Huck at this point knows that the King is actually going into the town to look for more people’s houses to rob. The Duke is visibly agitated for some reason and Huck senses it. When Huck and the Duke go into the town to look for the King he is obviously drunk. Huck runs as soon as he sees an opportunity to lose the King and the Duke. Huck thinks he and Jim are finally free only to find that Jim is gone. When Huck realizes Jim is gone and he cannot find him he actually cries. We see the emotional attachment and bond that Jim has formed with Jim. When Huck comes across a young boy who tells him of how a runaway slave was caught and he learns that he was caught because the Duke and the King tricked them. Following this encounter Huck is upset. The first reason he seems upset is because he was turned in by the hands of people he thought he was helping but the most ironic reason for his anger
After a long raft-ride, Huck and Jim are finally about to reach Cairo, which on their arrival would make Jim free. With the smell of freedom, Jim rambles on about how he would buy his wife and then steal his children. This sets off a spark in Huck, igniting his conscience and making him very uneasy. Huck couldn't believe that Jim would steal property from a man that hadn't done him any harm. Huck then begins feeling guilty about helping Jim escape from Miss Watson, since she had never done anything to him and didn't deserve for Jim to be stolen from her. At his departure for the town, on a mission to turn Jim in, Jim leaves Huck with these words. " Pooty soon I'll be a shout'n' for joy, en I'll say say, it's all on accounts o' Huck; I's a free man, en I couldn't ever ben free ef it hadn't it ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won't ever forgit you, Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de only fren' ole Jim's got now". (pg.86-87) Hearing these words, Huck realizes how much Jim's friendship means to him and decides not to turn in Jim. Finally, the last test of Huck's conscience comes when he finds out that the "king" and the "duke" have sold Jim. Huck gets to thinking about how wrong he was to help Jim escape, and decides he should write a letter to Miss Watson. He then changes his mind, seeing that Jim would be worse off as a runaway slave because he would be treated horribly, and Huck
In the beginning Huck never really knew what a true friend was, and then he went on a journey with Jim, a runaway slave. For a while, Huck has thoughts about turning in Jim and having him sent back to Miss Watson. However, he always remembers how nice Jim is to him. Huck said that he would not tell anyone that Jim had runaway and in return Jim was willing to protect and help Huck. Jim would even give up his sleep just because he wanted to let Huck continue to sleep. That was not the only thing Jim did for Huck either. When the house floated by and the two saw a body laying inside it dead, Jim went in to see what was in the house and found that it was Huck's father that was dead. Jim covered the body so Huck did not realize that his father had been killed. Through just these two actions made by Jim, Huck learns one of the most valuable life lessons: true friendship.