Mark Twain’S Novel, The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn,

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Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a pivotal piece to American literature that furthers realism and the exploration of the countryside. The novel follows fourteen-year-old Huck on his journey down the Mississippi River accompanied by Jim, a runaway slave. Huck and Jim’s journey down the Mississippi River allows the readers a very personal look into Huck’s life as he matures and begins to think for himself, rather than complying with what society has told him is correct; it is Huck’s journey to find his own morals and ideas through his experiences that really make this book a lasting piece of American fiction. A major aspect of Huck’s journey to find himself is the fact that he must get away from his father to do…show more content…
“’I—I run off.’” (156). At this point in the novel, Huck is faced with his first, big moral dilemma. During the time that the book takes place, slavery is legal and anyone who helped a slave would be jailed. Huck, at fourteen, had to decide if he wanted to follow what the law and society would consider right by turning Jim in to Miss Watson, or what he felt was right.
Jim pleads, “‘But mind, you said you wouldn’t tell—you know you said you wouldn’t tell, Huck.’ ‘Well, I did. I said I wouldn’t and I’ll stick to it. Honest injun I will. People would call me a low down Ablitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don’t make no difference. I ain’t agoing to tell, and I agoing back there anyways,’” (157).
Huck’s actions in this scene set up the relationship with Jim that will develop throughout the remainder of the novel. Jim has already placed a large amount of trust in Huck because he does not report back to Miss Watson that her slave has run away as well as helping him move north. Huck’s trust and reliance on Jim is still minimal at this point, but will continue to grow as the two continue their trek down the Mississippi. While on the raft, Huck, in the canoe, and Jim, on the raft, lose each other due to a large amount of dense fog covering the river. Huck says, “I see the fog closing down, and it made me so sick and scared I couldn’t budge for most a half a minute
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