The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a novel about a young boy who is trying to find his place in society. Huck was born to believe that African-Americans were property, and were not meant to be treated as equals. Despite what society says, Hucks best friend is a runaway slave named Jim. Jim and Huck go through countless adventures to reach freedom, and through the adventures the two become inseparable. Huck knows that helping a runaway slave gain his freedom is against the law, and morally unjust.
(97) Jim's excitement for freedom is obvious. Slavery sets social chains on Jim's life and hinders his happiness and his goals in life. The only way Jim can achieve his happiness is through freedom. Freedom for Jim means escape from slavery and a release from the social chains. Huck makes a clear point about his perspective about living in the Widow's civilized home when he states, "But it was rough living in a house all the time...and so when I couldn't stand it no longer, I lit out.
Freedom plays a significant role in the story because Huck is trying to free himself from Widow Douglas and his father and Jim is escaping from slavery. When Miss Watson and Widow Douglas took Huck in, they were determined to make him more civilized. They don’t allow him to smoke and they’re constantly reminding him to stop scrunching up and sit up straight (4). With the women always on his case, he isn’t able to be the independent, carefree boy that he really is. When Huck gets kidnapped by Pap, he’s grateful to be away from the widow’s house because it’s too “cramped up and sivilized” (30) for him there.
What both Huck and Jim seek is freedom, and this freedom shows the difference with civilization along the river. Both Huck and Jim are faced with the determination to escape from their own rules and the need for freedom, which is shown in different ways. Freedom is not only from Huck's struggle in defining right and wrong, but also freedom from Huck's personal relationships with the Widow Douglas and his father. When he is unable to take the restrictions of life any longer, whether it’s emotional or physical, he releases himself and goes back to what he feels is right and what makes him happy. War and slavery were the biggest issues of this time.
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.
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.
The character that ultimately presents a more important challenge to the original readers of Mark Twain’s novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn would be Jim because he befriends a poor thirteen-year-old boy named Huck, alongside his journey to set free and is one of the main characters who shows no mercy to what he stands for as a person. He is a black man, who is a slave to Miss Watson’s household but soon flees for his life and becomes a runaway slave. He is also an intelligent, practical and ambitious man who longs for his family especially his daughter but he must find ways of accomplishing his goals without incurring the wrath of those who could turn him in. So, it goes to show that when Twain published his novel, he would bring upon
At first he believes that African Americans are below him and he can do what he wants with them. But over time these views begin to change he starts to believe Jim is just like him. After Jim and Huck loss each other, Huck plays a trick on Jim saying he drept the whole thing and that it never happened. Feeling horrible Huck says “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger-but I’d done it.” After playing this joke on Jim, Huck truly feels bad. This is the first time that it shows Huck truly feeling bad without Jim making him feel bad.
This created a lot of controversy since Mark Twain was promoting the things that the society didn’t like. This was significant because of slavery being the norm and someone going against it was deemed wrong. Huckleberry Finn has embraced his way of individualism since instead of discriminating against Jim, he embraces him as a companion and as a friend. Huckleberry Finn d... ... middle of paper ... ...ng emotions which is something that Huck finds incorrect. Throughout the book, Jim’s emotions are showcased which results in Huck’s pity and also his connection to Jim because now he wants to help Jim become a free man and escape the wrongdoings of society.
He personally sees all people as equals, due to his untraditional upbringing. While others see Jim as lesser than them due to the pigment of his skin, Huck views him as good based completely off of his actions. Also, Huck resents the “civilized,” nature of society. He feels oppressed prior to being kidnapped, and fears feeling that way again at the end of the novel. Complications/Rising Action: (especially list things that cause suspense or offer foreshadowing) • Huck becomes paranoid about his father returning, going to Jim to hear a prophecy on rather or not is suspicions would become a