When Huck first escapes from Pap and sets up camp on Jackson Island, he finds Jim has also found refuge there from the widow and Mrs. Watson. Huck is stunned at first when Jim tells him he escaped, because Huck knows that Jim is Miss Watson's rightful property. "People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum,"(pg.43) Huck knows that if he helped Jim that would make him an Abolitionist, which was not exactly... ... middle of paper ... ... 19th century. Huck showed great maturity and integrity in standing up for what he believed was the right choice. Although he believed his choices were immoral or unethical, we now know that it was quite the opposite, as the moral standards of this time were in essence the unethical choices and Huck's were the proper choices.
This is the first time that it shows Huck truly feeling bad without Jim making him feel bad. This really shows Huck’s development has a person because he is now realizing the slaves are people not just property and he cannot just do what he wants to Jim. After Jim is sold Huck begins to realize his love for Jim. He says this “I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right then, I’ll go to hell”—and tore it up.” This is the most important quote in the book with Huck’s moral development. He finally realizes all the things he and Jim have done for each other.
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.
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.
These two conflicting forces were the basis of how the story was told. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is told from Huck’s viewpoint, and it illuminated the quandary that Huck faces as he befriends Jim and helps him to freedom, as well as convincing himself talkimg himself into believing feeling . A part of Huck thought helping Jim was wrong because helping a black man escape to freedom was against society’s rules and went against everything that he had been taught and raised to believe. The other part of Huck saw Jim as a good person, a friend, and believed Jim should be free from slavery. It was a war between Huck’s conscience of not following society’s conventional laws and following his heart in what seemed right.
Although there are many moral truths that can be interpreted through Huck and Jim’s relationship, these three moral truths are more vividly expressed than the others. The first moral truth is the conflicts between Huck’s personal morals against society’s’ morals. Huck befriends a runaway slave, Jim, and treats him like a human contrary to society's beliefs that slaves are property and are not equal to whites. This causes Huck a lot of grief because he considers Jim a friend but also property to Miss Watson, Jim’s owner. Huck however decides to keep his promise to Jim about staying quiet by saying, “‘Well, I did.
Mark Twain’s novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn presents a conflict for Huck between compassion and conscience. Huckleberry Finn has been taught by society to accept racism as morally just, but he is confused by his feelings of sympathy for his companion, Jim, a slave who accompanies him on their shared journey to freedom. As Huck departs further and further from society’s mistaken morals, he becomes more and more sympathetic towards Jim, capturing Huck’s self-taught moral compass. This paper focuses on several key turning points in their relationship which contribute to Huck’s rejection of society’s false beliefs: when Huck initially promises not to tell anyone Jim has run away from his enslavement, when Huck decides to keep that promise despite the nagging of his conscience, and finally when Huck decides to risk eternal damnation to actively help Jim find his freedom. With each turning point, I include interpretations of huck’s developing conscience from the perspective of key literary critics.
Twain uses Huck’s struggle over the morality of slavery with Jim as a symbol o... ... middle of paper ... ...uck’s head he struggles between the moral reasons for breaking him out and the socially acceptable reasons for leaving him there. Finally Huck’s moral compass wins the argument and he resolves to save him. Twain uses this internal struggle to show that the values of people in the south that justify slavery are wrong and a person’s moral compass should be the only thing that guides their decisions. Twain sets this up perfectly with the construction of Jim’s character. By having a person who could never purposely harm someone and shows the most genuine sympathy and regret for every bad thing he has done creates the most likeable character.
Babo is more than just a slave; he is a “faithful fellow”, “a friend that cannot be called slave” . And despite all the underlying hints of a slave insurrection, Delano does not grasp their meaning. Examples are the slaves’ treatment of the Spanish sailors and the hatchet polishers , but in Delano’s narrow-minded world, only the white man is capable of conceiving plans of ‘evil’. And when he – and the reader too – finally sees “the mask torn away, flourishing hatchets and knives, in ferocious piratical revolt”, he is embarrassed and “with infinite pity he [withdraws] his hold from Don Benito” . From this moment on, Babo is a malign devil and Melville removes speech from Babo’s mouth.
Huck feels that in order to flee society he must move out west alone. “I been there before”(283). Huck’s quest to escape civilizations grasp is an one going one. What is interesting is that he despises society yet society admires him and he is the ideal “lone ranger”. In this point in time black’s were not viewed as equals by the whites and were some times they were convinced that they were truely of a lower class which could explain Jim putting up with Tom’s ridiculous plans for so long.