War and slavery were the biggest issues of this time. To Jim, freedom was more than important. When Jim and Huck meet up, Jim was trying to free himself. Jim was trying to free himself from Miss Watson who was threatening to sell him south, and he was also escaping the suspicion that he was Huck’s murderer. Huck is looking for freedom from his alcoholic dad.
First, the search for freedom had a major impact on Jim throughout the story. At the beginning of the story, Jim was living his life as a slave. Jim was content with his life until his owner; Ms. Watson was talking about selling him to New Orleans. That is when Jim’s search for freedom actually began. Jim ran in terror, becoming a runaway slave.
When Huck runs away from home, he runs into one of his own family’s slave who is escaping. Huck soon befriends the slave named Jim and both of them travel on a raft to the North seeking freedom. Jim being a runaway slave, presents many problems for both Huck and Jim. Huck must use different styles of trickery and deception to stay out of danger, and also help his companions. Twain suggests in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, deceit is essential to function in a corrupt society.
Huck then agrees to help Jim escape to freedom by getting to Cairo and finding the Ohio River. The time period and location that Huck was living in was very prejudice toward black people. Huck and Jim can only travel down the Mississippi River by raft at night, because Huck fears that people living along the river will think that Jim is a runaway slave and attempt to capture him and turn him into authorities. Huck and Jim have to stop every now and then to pick up necessary supplies, (i.e. food, water, tools) and Huck gets many questions from locals, as to what he’s doing with a black man.
As he becomes more and more of a friend to a runaway slave and helps him in escape his entire moral standards are challenged. But this leaves him with an invaluable lesson. Huck meets Jim as they both are running away from their lives, for different reasons. Huck and Jim head down the Mississippi. But Jim is a runaway slave and Huck is faced with a decision to help or turn Jim in.
Is it possible for two people who have never interacted with each other throughout their lives to share the same fate? In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is a young boy who decides to run away from his abusive father, accompanied by an escaped slave who believes that he will be sold and separated from his family. Huck has no choice but to take on an adventurous journey, which allows his relationship with the slave, Jim, to blossom while testing their mental and physical skills. In correlation, in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Linda Brent is a respected slave who is “passed down” to an abusive owner and faces harsh treatment. This leaves her no choice but to run away from the pain she endures.
To compare both characters we must first view Jim in detail. Jim is a runaway slave that accompanies protagonist Huck in Huckleberry Finn throughout the entire novel. The story is set in the state of Missouri (1830’s). Jim accompanies Huck in his escapade from the clutches of his drunken father, attempting to seek salvation from slavery. The voyage of the two, one slave owning white American and the other a slave, provides a glimpse of the times when slavery was regarded as a virtue amongst white people in America rather than a sin.
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).
The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain tells the story of an adolescent boy travelling down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave. Huck has staged his death in order to escape his abusive, drunken father and hooks up with his foster mother’s escaped slave. During the adventurous journey Huck discovers many problems with society and civilization as he encounters a variety of individuals, each of whom represent a different problem with the current social order. The pair gets caught up in various ordeals involving the people they encounter. The running theme throughout the book is Huck Finn’s continuing struggle with his conscience concerning his relationship with the runaway slave, Jim, who has grown to be his friend and parent figure.
Since they had joined the abolitionist movement. Frederik Douglass searched for his freedom and escaped his slave masters corrupt plantation when he was 20 years old. Although he successfully escaped to the north, he faced challenges by debating on who to trust, finding a place to stay and escaping from slaveholders. Although, he meets abolitionist and shares his story about his experience as a slave in the south. It created an awakening for slaves since he was one of the first slaves that wrote a biography of his life even though slaves were expected to be uneducated.