There are many great supporting characters throughout literature but Jim from the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is an amazing major character that supplies the book with conflict, themes and a lesson all of us could take notes from. In the 1830s and St. Petersburg Missouri, Mrs. Watson’s slave named Jim is a empathetic, superstitious, and strong man was separated from his family through slavery and after hearing about how he was going to be sold to a different master he ran away to escape out of fear for the new master. He ends up on Jackson island and runs into Huckleberry Finn the protagonist. Jim is a major character that encompasses much of the story. He brings up many great and important themes and lessons for the protagonist and the reader.
In the post-Civil War era, the South attempts to regain power by controlling and oppressing black men and woman. At the time, Mark Twain, a prominent writer, changes his views on slavery once he marries his wife, Olivia. Soon enough, Twain decides to become an abolitionist and begins to write The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. However, Twain stops writing the novel since he found inspiration to write other novels, and he knew that the context of the novel will not fit in well with society. Due to financial issues and the death of his son and wife, Mark Twain struggles in completing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
One example of this is when Huck comes into conflict with both himself and society when he is debating with himself whether he should turn Jim in and become “washed clean of sin” or to go against societies norms and not turn Jim in. After, Huck tears up a note he was going to send to Ms. Watson about Jim and decides “All right, then, I’ll go to hell—and tore it up” (214) Huck, at first, had made his action based off the standard of Ms. Watson and the cultural standard of society that slaves are looked down upon and are inferior to whites. However, as Huck spends more time with Jim, he realizes that Jim acts very similarly to whites as Jim “cared just as much for his people as white folks do.” (155) Although Huck was at first confused about how slaves could have this reaction towards their family, he eventually reckons that Jim and other slaves are like whites. Although Ms. Watson and Widow Douglas, Twains depiction of 19th century society, has made Huck’s vision of a stereotypical slaves/ African poor, Huck looks past this and sees that slaves can act like whites. Despite of Huck’s young age and lack of education, through experience Huck had looked past the cultural norm of slaves.
This can be noticed throughout the book and in the three scenes talked about before because the white characters in the book often times make irrational comments about slaves that relate to what they are doing themselves. Twain’s use of irony the scene about Huck being upset with the fact that Jim would steal his family back if he had too, shows that Huck did not think Jim should be able to and was not deserving enough to have his own family. This shows the greater truth of slavery because even though Huck likes Jim, he did not agree with Jim’s want to have a free family. The scene where the Duke, the King, and Huck are categorizing slaves as thieves, when they themselves are thieves shows the greater truth of slavery that slaves were categorized into certain types of people, even though it was not true of all slaves. The scene were Tom says that he would hang a slave if they were ungrateful and ranaway shows the greater truth of slavery that if a slave disobeyed, they deserved death.
No thought of the future. Just run blind the first chance he saw” (Lee 322). The fact that Scout writes, that Tom was just a typical negro man, show that Tom symbolizes a mockingbird because just from being that minority color, in his time, people thought of him differently, not as an individual but a group. Finally when Tom was blamed for raping Mayella, even thought everyone knew the truth, and when he did something to help her out out of the goodness of his heart, but because he was of different status and race backfires, Toms status as a symbolic mockingbird becomes
These norms include the idea that slavery is a good thing, and that African Americans should not be treated as equals. When Huck and Jim first encounter each other, Huck plays many pranks on Jim because he believes what society has told him about slaves. As the story unfolds, however, Huck goes against society’s rules and
He stopped to think about what if he did not tell Miss Watson where Jim was and help him get his freedom instead. In the 19th century if one was caught helping a slave escape to freedom, it was greatly frowned upon. “It would get all around, that Huck Finn helped a nigger to get his freedom; and if I was to ever see anybody from that town again, I’d be ready to get down and lick his boots for shame” (Twain 213). Society planted this image into Huck’s head, because if he were to help the runaway slave escape, he would be the laughing stock of the town. His head told him to care about what society thought of him, but his heart told him he should help Jim reach his
Mark Twain expressed through his characters how slaves were thought of as property and not human beings. This is evident at the slave auction and throughout the story as Jim fights to buy his family's freedom. Aunt Sally also drives home the message that blacks are not men when after the steamboat explosion she is told a "nigger" was killed and she replies, "Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt!" (Twain 228). Earlier, Twain shows just how racist people are when Pap Finn actually gives up his right to vote because a black man has the right to vote.
Pure Injustice William Goodwin once said “No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.” In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout Finch, a young girl, lives with her brother Jem and her father Atticus, a prominent lawyer, in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Due to Atticus’ high moral standards, he feels obligated to take on a case where he defends Tom Robinson, an African American. Robinson is being wrongfully accused of raping Mayella Ewell, who is part of the most disgraced family in the town. Throughout the book, the Finch children realize the extreme prejudice and social inequality of Maycomb. Harper Lee develops the metaphor of a mockingbird to illustrate how people who defy social norms are critiqued, misconstrued, and discriminated against by others.
He is accused of raping a white woman, and the town is against Tom because of racism, even though there is no evidence against him. Because Tom is African American, Atticus and his family are tormented by the town. Even through all the racism in To Kill a Mockingbird, un-prejudice acts of courage are shown throughout the book. Like how Martin Luther King peacefully started the movement to end segregation, characters Walter Cunningham, who
Huck leaves the boat feeling guilty for thinking of turning him in, yet he’s still convinced that he has to do it, so he goes and continues on his way. He runs into two slave catchers, who ask to check the boat, which would’ve been the easiest way for Huck to turn him in. However, Huck feels obligated to protect Jim, and convinces the slave catchers that it’s his sick father in the boat, evading the capture of Jim. In this moment, Huck starts to question the ideas of society, thinking to himself, “What’s the use you learning to do the right when it’s troublesome to do right and ain 't’ no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?” (119). What he’s known to be right doesn’t seem right to him anymore, and he’s starting to question his own moral compass.
This would separate him from his family, which really upsets him. Meeting Huck on Jackson Island, the two venture on many adventures down the Mississippi River whilst trying to not get caught and taken back into slavery. He is highly superstitious. He is caring for Huck and his family. He believes Huck to be his only and best friend, and he ends up helping Huck more than Huck realizes.
As for the teachers themselves, they are always supportive to their students and help students to achieve their goals. The future of the program would stay the same, the goal would still be to make the youth respectful and productive members of society. Students benefit greatly from being in the JROTC class. That I have proven in this essay. Take it from the cadets themselves, this class has given them the opportunity to get a lot of community hours and a lot of fun opportunities that other classes don
Jim Crow laws were created to help the south keep Africans from contributing to society and keeping them separated from the “favorable white people.” They did this by making laws such as White and Black only water fountains, seats, bathrooms, etc. Even though Jim Crow was outlawed once the Civil Rights act was passed, it has created a long lasting tension between people. This is shown by radical groups such as the Black Panthers and KKK who have created a long lasting hatred towards each other. Jim Crow has created a long lasting effect on both past and present generations of different ethnic people by allowing certain people to obtain a job based on how their name sounds, keeping different ethnicities stuck in poverty, and by creating ethnic
What is right and wrong? How should I live our lives and treat those around us? These are some of the basic questions that every human has to wrestle with throughout their life. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a book that deals with that struggle. From a first glance, the story is about a mischievous boy who runs away with a slave named Jim down the Mississippi river.