As we continue in the book, Huck is faced with the decision, to free a runaway slave, or not. Growing up in the south, he was taught that whites were always better than Negros. But Huck goes against his teachings and continues to help Jim escape to freedom. Huck’s father was an abusive drunk, so legal custody of Huck was switched over to Widow Douglas, who had a slave named Jim. Living with Mrs. Watson, Huck was taught good morals, values, and manners and was forced to go to school.
Through these reactions, the reader is able to see that Huck was beginning to like the company that Jim provided. Huck knows that his family would be ashamed if they knew he was helping a runaway slave. Despite what society and his family thought, Huck goes with his conscious and keeps his promise with Jim. “Twain of course is well aware of how ridiculous the “rescue” of Jim appears, if only because ... ... middle of paper ... ... this sudden moment, Huck decided that he was going to have a mind of his own. Huck would no longer continue believing the brainwash that Pap and the rest of society told him to believe.
The first encounter between Huck Finn and Jim is at the beginning of the book, when Huck’s friend, Tom Sawyer, tries to fool Jim, Miss Watson’s slave. Huck and Jim still don’t know each other, but Huck isn’t biased against the old slave. It’s an important point because, as racism was a widely held mentality in the South, we can learn that that young boy was more open-minded than most people there. Later, they find themselves in the same situation. As they were escaping from the civilized world, they take refuge in the Jackson’s Island, on the Mississippi river.
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain wrote Hucklebery Finn to prove a point. Huck was an ignorant character in which was brought up in a certain way where he didn’t know right from wrong. As an ignorant child, Huck was used to prove that America was indeed naive and he had to overcome certain beliefs that he had been taught since birth. Huck ultimately saves a black man from certain death, and Twain uses these types of situations to explain in a satirical way, what growing up in the south was all about. One of the most important characters in the book was Jim, a black slave owned by Huck’s foster folks.
Throughout their journey, Huck battles between right and wrong. Even though Huck is trying to get freedom from society and its rules, still the rules bound him. He is deeply conflicted by societal views of blacks and his own feelings towards Jim. He has grown to see Jim as a human being and not as a possession. Huck also behaves from a correct moral sense in his relationships.
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. Jim's character traits are easy to over look because of his seeming ignorance, but in reality Jim possessed some qualities that created a positive influence on Huck. He began by demonstrating to Huck how friends teach friends. His honest compassion also eventually causes Huck to resist the ideas society has placed upon him, and see Jim as an equal-- rather than property that can be owned. Huck knew he was going against society, and of the consequences that he could receive for freeing a slave.
His traveling partner was a black slave, Jim. Wondering why Jim was there, Huck discovers that Jim had run away from his slave owner, Ms. Watson. Jim had spoken about his harsh life as a slave, and resented talk of being sold down to Orleans for a “big stack o’ money.” Huck felt that Jim’s escape was wrong, but kept his promise of secrecy, like any good friend would. In lieu of his escape, Jim emphasized his feelings of becoming a free man. Jim said it made him all over trembly and feverish to be so close to freedom (p. 238).
According to Laurence Sterne, “Nobody, but he who has felt it, can conceive what a plaguing thing it is to have a man’s mind torn asunder by two projects of equal strength, but obstinately pulling in a contrary direction at the same time”. In Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the character Huckleberry Finn, also known as Huck, is one who can conceive this plague. Huck Finn’s ‘two projects of equal strength’ was the difficult decision whether to turn Jim, a black slave, over to his rightful “property” owner or to continue helping Jim escape to freedom. This inner conflict took place in Jim’s conscience of trying to decide what the right thing to do was. These two conflicting forces were the basis of how the story was told.
He didn’t believe anywhere in the United States is free because there is always the chance that a black man can be taken back into slavery because of the Fugitive Slave Laws. He believed that if a slave had the power to read or write, they had the power to free themselves. Frederick Douglass became the leading black abolitionist and one the most famous speakers of his time. His words about his treatment as a slave were a powerful weapon against slavery. People were starting to question whether he was a slave or not, which motivated him to publish his first autobiography.
Huck is very open minded, he is the focus in this novel and doesn't have much respect for authority. Huck dislikes the idea of following rules. One of Huck's main struggles is with Jim, a runaway slave but a role model and good friend to Huck. Jim demonstrates what an adult in society should be like because he looks out and is loyal to Huck. Huck wanted to protect Jim so he told a lie to the slave hunters about a small pox outbreak to keep them from searching near him and it actually worked.