The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an important novel that shows how the two worlds of Huck and Jim collide to bring out the problems of racism and slavery before the Civil War. Huck is depicted to be a young boy who is oblivious to the outside world, and Jim a slave with a big heart who looked at the world in a different perspective. Throughout the journey together, Huck and Jim’s relationship was shaken by the cold reality of racism and slavery, thus opening Huck's eyes to the world around him, where Jim and Huck grow as individuals but also creating a new foundation for their friendship.As Huck and Jim embark on an adventure together to run away from there lives, Huck noticed to see Jim as a person then property.
The relationship between Huckleberry Finn and Jim are central to Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Huck's relationships with individual characters are unique in their own way; however, his relationship with Jim is one that is ever changing and sincere. As a poor, uneducated boy, Huck distrusts the morals and intentions of the society that treats him as an outcast and fails to protect him from abuse. The uneasiness about society, and his growing relationship with Jim, leads Huck to question many of the teachings that he has received, especially concerning race and slavery. Twain makes it evident that Huck is a young boy who comes from the lowest levels of white society. Huck's father, Pap, is a drunk who disappears for
Mark Twain tells the story of Huckleberry Finn, and his maturity that is developed through a series of events. This maturity is encouraged through the developing relationship between Huck and Jim, as well as the strong influence Jim has on Huck. Jim's influence not only effects Huck's maturity, but his moral reasoning; and the influence society has on Huck. Jim is Huck's role model; even though Huck would not admit it. At first Jim seems to portray a Black stereotypical role with his superstitions and ignorance, although his true identity and maternal role begins to shine through as his interactions with Huck progress.
A relationship is according to Dictionary.com, “an emotional or other connection between people” (Dictionary.com 1). Everybody has relationships with other people. Some are good and healthy relationships, and others are not. Some relationships have good and bad moments. That type of relationship is the type that Huckleberry Finn and Jim have in Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain published this novel, that takes place in the Deep South, in 1884, only a few years after the Civil War ended and slavery was outlawed. The purpose of this novel is for Twain to explain to the south how society can shape how anyone thinks and also the effects of slavery. One of Twain’s main themes in this novel is the extreme
In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck matures during his journey on the Mississippi River, alongside his companion, Jim, a runaway slave. At the beginning of the novel, Twain, an ardent abolitionist, characterizes Huck as immoral and ignorant, to convey the racist lens through which whites saw blacks in the 1830s. When Huck escapes civilized society, he begins to form his own opinions, and his eyes open to different perspectives that allow him to develop and reach self-knowledge. As Huck’s character develops, it appears that his morality increases too, since he helps Jim run away, despite the consequences; however, in reality, it is only Huck’s respect for Jim that increases. Twain exemplifies this theme through
While he was seemingly content, he refused to be sold to a new master in New Orleans. While Huck does not look down upon Jim the way others do, they begin to act as equals in chapters 8 and 9 since society is not there to influence their actions. Jim does not fear Huck turning him in as a runaway slave since Huck is on the run, too. As question 1 references, the two are parallels. They are both running away from society’s expectations of them. Huck feels as though he will be stuck with his father purely based off shared genetics despite the abuse, and Jim is seen as a lowly slave purely because of his skin color. As the novel progresses, Jim is seen less as a slave in the reader’s and Huck’s mind and more as the father figure Huck lacks. While a superstition, Jim tries to protect Huck from any bad omens by warning him against touching the snake skin with his bare hands. He imposes this kind of caring afterthought that Huck has never experienced. In return, Huck is also quite protective of Jim. Towards the end of chapter nine, Huck is canoeing back to their settlement on the island and expresses concern for Jim being caught. He makes, “…Jim lay down in the canoe and cover up with the quilt, because if he set up people could tell he was a n----- a good ways off,” (Twain). Between chapters eight and nine, Huck begins to genuinely care for
The book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, follows Huckleberry Finn and a “runaway” slave Jim’s relationship. Their bond transitions from a coincidental meeting, to a friendship, and eventually to a father-son relationship. The first stages of their relationship are haphazard, as Huck and Jim do not have a strong previous relationship. The only connection that Huck and Jim share is that they live on the same plantation. Prior to their journey, Huck only recognizes Jim because of the practical jokes that he often plays on him. For instance, in chapter 2 while Jim is taking a much needed afternoon nap, Huck and Tom
In Jim, he sees kindness, compassion, and integrity. Ultimately, this is what dissuades him from turning Jim in - Huck remembers Jim 's company, "Jim would always call me honey and do everything he could think of for me, and how good he always was" (Twain 95). Jim treats Huck with kindness and respect. Huck slowly realizes that even Jim, a slave, is a human-being. He questions the beliefs that had been inculcated in him from an early age. He goes on to help Jim evade imprisonment by lying to men who are trying to capture runaway slaves. Huck tells the men that his father has smallpox and deceives them into letting him, and Jim, leave. Huck’s action goes against everything he knows. He feels guilty for tricking the men (not turning in Jim), but conclusively states, “So I reckoned I wouldn’t bother no more about [right and wrong], but after this always do whichever comes handiest at the time”(Twain 120). Huck begins to realize that he should not feel shame for something that he feels is right. He learns that as an individual, he has the right to a set of beliefs - molded from his experiences - and that he does not have to do what is “socially acceptable”.
On Huck and Jim’s journey to Cairo, Jim begins to speak about when he is free he will go and find his children and take them from the slave owner. This rubbed Huck the wrong way; his standards of Jim had been lowered because, from Huck’s point of view, why would Jim steal his children away from a man who has done nothing to him? Huck’s conscience began to come into play and he had made up his mind: He was going to turn Jim in when they reach shore. He was sure of it until Jim began to sweet talk Huck, telling him that Huck was the only white man that had ever kept a promise to him. This comment went directly to Huck’s heart; he could not possibly
In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, we are introduced to Huck a boy of about 13 years of age. From a young age Huck grows up in the absence of both his parents. However, Huck is raised by two women who take him in as family, the Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson, who make it their goal to “sivilize” (Twain 1) Huck. In the plot of this novel we learn that Huck is beaten repeatedly, and even kidnapped by his overbearing and critical father, Pap. We also learn that Pap, because he is always drunk, is an intimidating figure in Huck's life. Twain also writes about a character named Jim; Jim was Miss Watson's slave, freed after her death. Throughout the novel, Twain creates a strong friendship between Huck
Jim does have a major effect in Huck’s development because he taught Huck that niggers have feelings, just like the whites do. In the south, the niggers were believed to be worthless and trash. Society has shown Huck that niggers were merely property. They were not people not did they have feelings. Rather, the reason for their existence was to be sold from one slave owner to another. Although the blacks are misrepresented in the south, Jim proves to Huck that he is not property but a human being, as well. He cares for his family just like white people do. While Jim was trying to escape from slavery, he wanted to help his family escape slavery, as well. Therefore, this causes Huck to understand Jim not only cares about himself but other
Huck, who is a child in a book, has a lot of room for development. In the beginning, he was taught to follow the rules of society like practicing Catholicism and refusing to associate with slaves. However, during Huck’s journey with Jim, he learns a valuable lesson about respecting people based on their character, despite what he was taught by Widow Douglas, Miss Watson, and Tom Sawyer. During the first few days of his journey, he pulls pranks on Jim, like attempting to trick him into thinking that getting lost in the fog was all a dream. However, later on in his journey, he refuses to follow the rules of society in order to save Jim. He even says “All right, then, I’ll go to hell” when he chooses not to tell Miss Watson Jim’s whereabouts (Twain 214). Jim in turn sees Huck as a great friend as well, thus showing how Huck is now seen as a
Throughout all these situations that Huck goes through, Jim has supported him, even when Jim was not with Huck at every time. Jim first met up with Huck on the island. Jim escaped Widow Douglas’s home because he was to be sold down south, which would separate Jim from his family forever. Jim is hands down the most important person to Huck throughout the novel, putting himself in a category as one of Huck’s new family members. Jim has been associated as Huck’s father figure. During their time together, Jim and Huck make up a sort of alternative family in an alternative place, apart from society. Huck escaped from society for adventure and a new life, while Jim has escaped from society so that he wouldn’t be separated from his family by being sold down south. Jim is based off of his love, whether it’s for his family or his growing love for Huck. Jim was thought of by Huck as a stupid, ignorant slave in the beginning of the novel, but as Huck spends more time with Jim, Huck realizes that Jim has a different kind of knowledge based off of his years as well as his experiences with love. In the incidents of the floating house and Jim’s snakebite, Jim uses his knowledge to benefit both of them but also seeks to protect Huck. Jim is less imprisoned by conventional wisdom than Huck,
Hucks acknowledgement of Jim as a friend instead of property shows his ability to accept others based on morals. Jim shows fatherly characteristics and his actions show his desire for Huck to be safe. On the river Huck learns a variety of life lessons that help to build the growth of his character. He learns how to live away from society’s demand and rules, and the actual value of a friendship. “ So in two seconds away went a-sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again all by ourselves on the big river, and nobody to bother us” (Twain
During the late 1800’s post civil war, the reconstruction era surfaced in the union. The reconstruction, a political program designed to reintegrate the defeated South into the Union as a slavery-free region, began to fail. The North imposed harsh measures, which only embittered the South. Concerned about maintaining power, many Southern politicians began an effort to control and oppress the black men and women whom the war had freed. At around this time, Mark Twain released his novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in which a young boy named Huckleberry Finn attempts to flee the South with an escaped slave, Jim. The novel follows the pair on their journey