No Color Barrier in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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No Color Barrier in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

"I felt so lonesome I most wished I was dead" (221). Mark Twain's, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," is a tale about a boy in search for a family and a place he can truly call home. Through his adventure, he rids himself of a father that is deemed despicable by society, and he gains a father that society hasn't even deemed as a man. This lonely and depressed young boy only finds true happiness when he is befriended with a slave named Jim. Although Huck Finn was born and raised into a racially oppressive society, it is through his personal growth that he realizes that the color of skin does not make a man, and he finds a father and true
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"Here's Huck [...] he hain't got no family [...]. They was going to rule me out because they said every boy must have a family [...]. I was most ready to cry" (224). This feeling of disparity and loneliness is reiterated to the reader because Huck will only be content as he befriends Jim. Huck is raised in a truly racist slave state and through his ignorance, like the rest of society that surrounds him, he does not see black people as equals, and he refers to Jim as merely a piece of property. "Miss Watson's big [slave], named Jim" (222). Twain clearly implies Huck's view of superiority over Jim, as Huck complains that Jim is no longer a useful slave because he gossips too much. "Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance [....slaves] would come moles to hear Jim tell about it [...]. Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got so stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches" (223). Twain depicts this view from Huck, so the reader had a reference point for Huck's personal growth throughout the tale. He then continues to show the reader that Huck has no regards for Jim as Huck asks Jim to tell him his fortune, but he refuses to give Jim any money for
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