Racial Discrimination In Huck Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain showcases a story where society upholds racial discriminations that clearly set a line between slaves and those who own them. In the novel whites are superior while black people are below them and are practically just objects that can be sold and replaced. The way that society functioned and the abuse that Huck received is what made him decide to leave and find his freedom. Jim, a slave who was gonna be sold also decides to leave in order to obtain his freedom. Both Huck and Jim leave their homes and families to go on a journey to find their freedom. Through this journey Huck begins to doubt what society has led him to believe about Jim a black slave who is nothing more but an object. As Huck…show more content…
Huck became a loyal friend to Jim despite his internal conflicts on the situation. Their friendship is strong but Huck sees Jim in a completely new light after Jim tells him about his family. Their journey until now has just been filled with moments here and there that prove Huck’s loyalty yet Huck doesn’t know much about Jim’s family. Jim begins to talk about how much his family means to him and the hardships that his family has faced. Jim tells Huck of how much he misses his family and the time when he figured out that his daughter was deaf. “Oh, Huck, I bust out a-cryin’ en grab her up in my arms, en say, Oh, de po’ little things! De Lord God Amighty fogive po’ ole Jim,.. Oh, she was plumb deef en dumb”(pg 159). After Jim told Huck about how much he misses his family and the situation in which is family is in Huck comes to a realization. Huck begins to see Jim as an equal not as a black person who is a slave but as his friend. In result of Huck’s realization Huck has a new image of Jim which is why Huck apologizes to Jim when he hurts his feelings about the significance of the trash can. Apologizing to Jim about what he had said was a big step because before when he had played a prank on Jim, Huck didn’t apologize but instead stayed quiet. Huck and Jim’s relationship was strong and they were both ready to have each…show more content…
Throughout the novel the relationship between Jim and Huck grew to the point where Huck no longer cared about the repercussions that came with helping a runaway slave. Huck was even willing to help Jim escape the owner to which he was sold to by the king. Huck was a loyal friend to Jim as was Jim to Huck. At first, Huck saw Jim as a runaway slave who didn’t really matter because he was black. Since Huck was young the idea that slaves were beneath him had been implemented and he believed it because society upheld this idea. However, as he began to spend time with Jim and learned about his family and the hardships which he faced. Huck begins to see that Jim is no different than any white man is. Even though Huck still doesn’t understand that enslaving a person is wrong he does come to realize that Jim is no different than he is. Huck and Jim become very close while on their journey to find freedom. Huck and Jim become very good friends who are loyal to one another despite their racial differences. Huck did have a moral conflict at first but later accepted that by helping Jim he was doing both a wrong and a right. Huck realized that no matter what he did one party wouldn’t be happy and he didn’t want Jim to feel betrayed. Huck and Jim developed a close relationship while on their journey which showcased that it doesn’t matter what color skin you have

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