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.
The novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was written by Samuel Clemens, also known by his pen name Mark Twain. This novel is about a young boy named Huckleberry Finn who narrates his journey along the Mississippi River. Huck meets many characters along the way and his relationships with each individual character are very unique. However, the relationship he has with Jim, the runaway slave, is ever changing. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain embellishes the bond formed between Huck and Jim and how Huck views Jim as a slave, friend, and father-figure.
The most accurate representation that we can draw between the paternal influence upon Huck is how he comes to view Jim. Huck was a young boy growing up in a predominately racist environment, so he was largely destined to view African Americans as less than human. Although there was an overwhelming cultural burden placed upon him, Huck managed to see through the racial stigmas. One particularly important part of the book was after Huck and Jim had been separated by the fog on their way to Cairo. Huck had played a mean joke upon Jim claiming that the entire incident was actually just a dream.
Throughout Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the runaway slave, Jim, serves as a reliable companion to Huckleberry along their entire journey from St. Petersburg to the ‘Deep South’. Along the way, there are many incidents where Jim performs necessary tasks for Huckleberry that ensures their survival. Jim plays an important role in serving as a father figure to Huckleberry Finn, and protects him down their journey on the Mississippi river. Jim shields Huckleberry Finn from the death of his father and the elements of nature.
Along with meeting so-called “civilized” society, Huck’s experience with the King and the Duke causes Huck to go against society’s narrow-minded beliefs. In an effort for the King and the Duke to get some cash, they sold Nigger Jim to Silas Phelps’ farm. After Jim was sold for forty dollars, Huck determines what happened to him. Nonetheless, while saving Jim, Huckleberry begins to meet conflicts about society, freedom, and religion. He starts to contemplate his motives and figure out whether saving Jim is the correct thing to do.
Huck’s Moral Struggles “The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil, but between good and the lesser good.” This quote from Barbara Grizzuti Harrison explains every struggle that Mark Twain’s mischievous character Huck Finn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn goes through daily in his young life while living in a judgemental society. The moral dilemmas that Huck faces tear him apart. He is constantly caught between what he thinks is right and what society says is right.
In Mark Twain's satirical novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published in 1885, Huck finds himself thrown into various wild ventures. While he often enjoys himself, it comes at the expensive of Jim, a former slave striving to escape to freedom along with Huck. Jim is either left alone in the wild, put in dangerous situations or used to add entertainment and amusement to Huck's journey. The reader is often left troubled, wondering where Jim is or if he is even alive. Twain uses the way Jim is often thrown to the side during Hucks travels to draw attention to the attitudes toward and treatment of African Americans often found in 1845.
This is the climax of the novel, in which many of the underlying themes are made clear. Huck’s morals overcome his fear for punishment, and he is determined to help Jim even if he has to go to hell for it. Furthermore, Jim is a runaway slave, and in the context of the story, helping a runaway slave, albeit one that was sold and has a new owner, would be almost traitorous to Huck’s community. Another revelation is that Huck has transcended the racial constructs of the time, recognizing Jim’s humanity and considering him someone worth rescuing at great personal risk. In this scene, Huck finally breaks the restraints of society, and indeed, his environment, by ignoring all societal and theological constructs and instead choosing what is right by his conscience.
Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn created a controversy when it was first released. Today, 125 years later it is still making news and creating even more controversy, especially within high schools all over the country. Many people believe that high school students should not read Twain’s novel. Mark Twain’s
Now superstitions have affected people's lives for ages. Superstitions really shine in the story of Huckleberry Finn. Chapter one already gives you a good glimpse of superstitions. For example, Huckleberry Finn flicked a spider off of his arm and it went straight into a candle's flame. This is apparently bad luck and he did various good luck charms to ward off the bad luck.