The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua accurately asserts that in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses chapters one through sixteen to establish Huck and Jim as characters and to develop their relationship. To begin, Twain portrays youthful Huck as a remarkably developed, multifaceted character. Huck Finn is very independent, and likes to have control of his own life. Taking matters into his own hands, “I judged I’d hide her good, and then, ‘stead of taking to the woods when I run off, I’d go down the river” (27). Huck is also delineated to be very inteligent, taking into account his age and situation. His first plan to help save Jim was, “If the men went to the island I just expect they found the camp fire I built, and watched it all…show more content…
or else the bees would weaken down and quit and work and die” (40-41). Jim constantly throughout the story tells his superstitious beliefs. On account of Jim’s superstitious nature, sometimes this aspect of his personality leads him to be gullible. Huck tries to pretend the events of the mist never happened. Jim uses his beliefs to back this argument as Huck tells, “I reck’n I did dream it… the first towhead stood for a man that would try to do us some good… the whoops were warnings… he had the dream fixed so strong in his head he couldn’t seem to shake it loose” (76-77). Hence, Twain uses a series of expressive characteristics to help develop Jim as a multidimensional character. Twain, throughout the first part of this book, constructs a complex relationship between Huck Finn and Jim. In the beginning, Huck sees Jim as just a servant, a slave just there at the Widow Douglas’s house that acts a little too big for his breeches. After telling how Jim fancies himself highly, “Jim was the most ruined servant, because he got stuck up on account of seeing the devil and being rode by witches” (6). Huck looks down on Jim; Huck was brought up to believe whites are superior to blacks,(especially slaves). But, a turning point was when Huck saved Jim’s life on Jackson’s Island, “I was ever so glad to see Jim. I warn’t lonesome now” (37). Huck
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