He started to feel guilty for keeping Jim hidden all that time and even attempted to write Mrs. Watson. He wrote a letter to her telling of Jim’s location but ripped it up immediately after. Huck came to a conclusion when he says, “I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of me I was holding on to the biggest one of all” (Twain 204). He knew that what he was doing was not considered right in that situation but he felt okay with the choices that he had made. At this point, the reader can see how Huck is conflicted and acknowledges that his lies could have been immoral. In the end of his meltdown, he decided that it was all for the best and he wanted to continue to protect Jim at all
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). Huck came to the realization that Jim was escaping for a far different reason than he, and began to see this “nigger’s” freedom as his own fault; he was an accomplice. Huck’s conscience became plagued by the fact that Jim was escaping the custody of his rightful owner, and he was doing nothing to stop this. In Huck’s eyes, Jim was essentially the property of poor old Ms. Watson, who didn’t do anything less than teach Jim his manners and his books. Altogether, Huck felt that he was doing wrong by concealing this, and felt miserable to say the least.
At the end of the novel, Huck, Jim, and Tom created a bond together after spending a lot of time together to the island. Jim sacrificed his freedom to save Tom (but Tom later returned the act of kindness), and Huck learns the values of friendship. Huck’s moral movement can be followed all through the book starting from his repeatedly absence of conscience to having the capacity to settle on the correct choices all alone. It is just with the assistance of Jim as an ethical guide that Huck can experience this ethical change to utilize his own judgment and really
Huck does not consciously think about Jim's impending freedom until Jim himself starts to get excited about the idea. The reader sees Huck's first objection to Jim gaining his freedom on page 66, when Huck says, "Well, I can tell you it made me all over trembly and feverish, too, to hear him, because I begun to get it through my head that he was most free-and who was to blame for it? Why, me. I could get that out of my conscience, no how nor no way." Huck is hearing the voice of society at this point, not his own. He does not see a moral dilemma with Jim being free; he is opposed to the fact that he is the one helping him. This shows Huck misunderstanding of slavery. Huck does not treat Jim like a slave when they travel together, this shows the reader that Huck views Jim as an equal in most ways. Huck sees having a slave only as owning the person, not actually being a slave to someone. Therefore, when he helps Jim runaway it would be like stealing. This conscience is telling him that Miss Watson, Jim?s master, never di...
...4)This is a very mature decision by Huck because he has developed a love for Jim, and consciously decides to go against his teaching of Ms. Watson and society. This selfless choice shows that Huck is going to stick by Jim’s side and help him get freed no matter what it takes.
Towards the beginning of the book, Huck believed that harboring and aiding a runaway slave was not only socially wrong, but he also believed that it would earn him a place in hell. However, as his relationship with Jim grew stronger, he began to see Jim as a human being, not a “nigger”. The peak of Huck 's moral development occurs during chapter 31 when Huck decides to tear up the letter he wrote to Miss Watson describing the location of Jim. He then says “‘All right then, I’ll go to hell.”’(Twain 214). At this point, Huck understands the moral and legal repercussions of his actions, however, he has grown to the point where his friendship with Jim is more important to him than being in trouble with the law, and he decides to follow his newly found morals and decides to against societal
Even at the beginning of the novel, before Huck has gotten an opportunity to explore what he feels is right, Huck is growing tired of dealing having society and what culture thinks is right and also civilized. Huck says, "The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me...I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again, and was free and satisfied “(Twain 1). Huck prefers living free and having the ability to think what he wishes, rather than being “sivilized”. When Huck escapes from the surrounding society, at Jackson Island Huck runs into Jim and he is very happy to see him. Later Huck takes on a mean trick with Jim. He kills a rattlesnake and puts it on the foot of Jim’s comforters. Huck expects that Jim will react like almost any stereotypically, foolish, black man or woman. But Jim is not really a stereotype, and the joke becomes bad when Jim gets bitten through the snake’s mate. This tests Huck’s morality. Huck senses ashamed for what he did, but does not take responsibility for not understanding that Jim is a human being. This situation shows Hucks immaturity early in the novel.
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. In this situation Huck went against society because during this time in the book slavery was still going on. It wasn't likely for a Black man to be protected so Huck was open minded in this situation and did what he thought was right because Jim was a loyal friend to him. He's taught by society to regard Jim but he realizes that that's not how he wants to be and sees Jim as a human like himself and everybody else. Huck realizes that society teaches to treat people poorly because of their skin color. Huck has morals and knows that the man that people judge would sacrifice his freedom for him. Jim is more of a parent to Huck then Huck's father is.
Huck encounters his first challenge when he is given the opportunity to turn Jim in from being a runaway slave. Throughout chapter fifteen Huck has trouble figuring out if he wants to get turn Jim in or not. He believes he should because its against the law and he would be disrespecting Miss Watson. He also believes he shouldn’t because he cares for Jim and he said he wouldn’t of felt any better if had deserted Jim. Huck decided to do what felt right and continue his adventure with Jim. Huck felt bad that he was breaking the law and knew he had done wrong, he then concludes “a body that don't get started right when he’s little ain’t got no show” (Twain 91). After he processed the incident a little bit he says he would've felt no better if he had ...
Huck and Jim both have a lot to lose. Jim has his and his family’s future on the line while Huck will lose a great friend and have to go back to his abusive father. “Before night they judged it was done by a runaway nigger named Jim.”(Chap11 twain) Jim has been accused of murder and the fact that he is a runaway slave will make his punishment worst if it is not death. If Jim is caught he will lose his chance to be free and see his family. “So he said courts mustn’t interfere and separate families if they couldn’t help it, said he’d druther not take a child away from its father.
He forced Jim to do all these silly things and to remain in chains while he acted out his childish fantasies based on the books he read, and Jim merely followed along because he knew no better. Huck used and manipulated Jim for his own selfish desires, and this makes him little better than those who own slaves. His behavior towards the free black man is also never asserted as wrong, even though it would have been considered so if he had done the same to a white man. This is Twain 's way of saying that even though there are free black men, the white man remains dominant and holds no qualms about abusing their power over
In Chapter 16, Huck and Jim have passed through Cairo, Illinois and are floating down the Mississippi River. The farther South they travel down the river the more danger they are put in regarding Jim’s situation. In this chapter Huck’s conscience goes back and forth between what’s right and what’s wrong. Huck initially intends to turn Jim in so he can stop running and just travel alone as he pleases. Huck almost feels lower for being with a black man and this is his reasoning for wanting to turn him in. However, Huck has a change of heart right before Huck wants to tell on Jim. This is because Jim tells Huck he’s the best friend he’s ever had. “I’s a free man, en I couldn’ even ben free ef it hadn’ ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won’t ever forgit you, Huck; you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de ONLY fren’ ole Jim’s got now” (Twain 86-87). Huck then immediately feels remorse and realizes it wouldn’t make him feel better to turn Jim in; he would feel the exact same way he had felt right before he debated turning Jim in. So he decides against turning Jim in even though he knows morally it is wrong. As soon as Huck sees the men he was going to turn Jim into he is at a loss for words and can’t bring himself to tell them Jim is black. Huck lies and tells the men Jim is his white father and he has smallpox so they do not come check out the raft. Huck did this because his guilt and conscience showed him
In chapter 16, Huck goes through a moral conflict of whether he should turn Jim in or not. “I was paddling off, all in a sweat to tell on him; but when he says this, it seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me (89).'; Right off from the beginning, Huck wanted to turn Jim in because it was against society’s rules to help a slave escape and Huck knew it. But when Jim said that “Huck; you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now (89),'; made helped Huck to grasp the concept that there is a friendship in the making. Even though Huck didn’t turn Jim in, he is till troubled by his conscience when the slave catchers were leaving because he knows it is wrong to help a slave. Still Huck cannot bring himself forward to tell on Jim, thus showing that his innate sense of right exceeds that of society.
Huck has been raised in a high-class society where rules and morals are taught and enforced. He lives a very strict and proper life where honesty and adequacy is imposed. Huck being young minded and immature, often goes against these standards set for him, but are still very much a part of his decision-making ability and conscience. When faced to make a decision, Hucks head constantly runs through the morals he was taught. One of the major decisions Huck is faced with is keeping his word to Jim and accepting that Jim is a runaway. The society part of Hucks head automatically looks down upon it. Because Huck is shocked and surprised that Jim is a runaway and he is in his presence, reveals Hucks prejudice attitude that society has imposed on him. Huck is worried about what people will think of him and how society would react if they heard that Huck helped save a runaway slave. The unspoken rules th...