He took a canoe downstream and once he arose, “there was Jackson Island” (42). This marks his first point of freedom now that Huck is successfully on his own. Jim, on the other hand, runs away before Mrs. Watson is able to sell him, separating him from his family. Similarly to Huck, when Jim hears the rumors he runs away to Jackson Island. When the island becomes unsafe, they set out on a raft down the Mississippi River.
So, Huck continues to venture with Jim in hopes that he is doing the right thing. When stopped by men who are searching for runaways, Huck responds that his family, all of them sick with smallpox, is onboard the raft. Of course, the men decide not to check the boat in fear of the infection and even give Huck money for the family. Afterwards, Huck “got aboard the raft, feeling bad and low, because I knowed very well I had done wrong” (101). However, he quickly reevaluates his actions and “says to myself, hold on, - s’pose you’d a done right and give Jim up; would you felt better than what you do now?
Likewise, Huck sees past the color of Jim’s skin and treats him as a human being. Nevertheless, he will never consider Jim equal to him; however, he takes great steps in realizing that slavery is unjust. Clearly, we see right away their difference in thinking because Huck sees the world in realistic terms while Tom sees the world as though it is out of a story in a book. Next, Huck sees Jim as a friend and equal but Tom only sees him as black slave. Last, Huck questions his surroundings however Tom never questions anything because he sees his stories as the standard for life.
During Huck and Jim’s journey along the Mississippi, obstacles in the form of troublesome slave hunters and scandalous royalty constantly took them off course and led them on a temporary sidetrack. Once they are able to overcome the obstacles or outrun trouble, Huck and Jim were back on the river enjoying life. Like the river, life also has many obstacles that must be overcome before one can continue down the path. THEME: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about trusting what one believes and knows is morally right. When the king and the duke sell Jim, Huck writes a letter to the Widow telling her about the whereabouts of Jim.
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.
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.
thinking back on their close friendship reminds Huck why he decided to help Jim escape slavery in the first place, after all he was "The the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the only one he's got now" (chapter 31). This was actually a very interesting book, the way the chapters ended in such suspense kept me turning the pages faster than I could read. Huck Finn, abused by his drunk of a father, joins up with Jim, a runaway slave from his original home with a widow in st.Petersburg Missouri, and heads down the Mississippi River on a raft. Along the way, they encounter a deadly feud, a pair of con artists, and other characters from the pre-Civil War South. Throughout the story, Huck's conscience and growing friendship with a "N----r" wrestle with his common societal bred mindset about racial interactions, slavery, and deciphering between right and wrong.
Short Summary of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of a boy living on the Mississippi River during the 1840's. It relates the experiences of Huck and Jim, a runaway slave. The book is a continuation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and recaptures its playful, lighthearted spirit. The book begins with Huck living with Widow Douglas who is trying to "sivilize" him. He finds this lifestyle terribly constricting but he tries to make a the best of the situation.
Huck Finn develops a selective morality from the corrupt social classes he encounters on the Mississippi River. Before Huck sets out on his raft adventure, he is exposed to the values and morals of his poor, drunken father. Pap Finn instills a "Southern race prejudice" and leads Huck to believe "that he detests Abolitionists" (374). Huck comes into conflict with this philosophy as he journeys on the raft with Jim. He can not decide if he is wrong in helping Jim escape slavery or if the philosophy is wrong.
In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Mississippi River serves as a prominent setting. Huck, a rapscallion who runs away from his dad by faking his death, and Jim, a runaway slave who previously knew Huck, meet up on Jackson’s Island via the river. To Jim, the river is a symbol of freedom and a way to learn. To Huck, the river is a symbol of his life and everything he wants. The open waters bring about bonding, fun times, and a safe house for both characters.