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He finds Miss Watson's slave, Jim, while on the island. They decide to head to the free states, but along the way, they run into many problems including getting into a feud between the Grangerfords and Sheperdsons and meeting two thieves. After overcoming a lot of troubles, Huck goes to the Phelps' who just happen to be relation to Tom Sawyer and are expecting Tom. Huck acts as if he is Tom for a long while. Finally, word comes that Jim is free because Miss Watson freed him before she died.
Together, they constantly change plans and take precautionary actions to prevent Jim from losing his freedom. Aunt Polly and Aunt Sally both want to take Huck and civilize him in the beginning of the book. However, Huck does not want to be civilized, for he just wants to live a life of everlasting adventure and excitement. Huck refuses to cooperate in the beginning, but he learns in the end that it is not a bad thing to be clean and educated. The last example of man versus society conflict is how for a short time, Huck had to lay low on his own after faking his d... ... middle of paper ... ...s and experiencing the major issues which occurred in the 19th century United States.
New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2008. Print. Wallace, John H. “Huckleberry Finn Is Racist Trash.” Readings on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ed. Katie de Koster.
Jim and Huck are like caged birds on their journey: “caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for”(Tennessee Williams). Although Huck learns to treat Jim with equality, their goal was not to become friends but rather to reach freedom and ... ... middle of paper ... ...racism is wrong. Another way Huck proves that he is most interested in freedom for himself is because of the way he treats Jim on their voyage, by leaving him places and generally forgetting all about him at times. Jim, too, cares about his freedom more than becoming friends with Huck because Jim does not tell Huck about his father’s death so that Huck wouldn’t want to turn around. The freedom that Huck and Jim strive for has been a pivotal part of America since the beginning of its history.