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.
A multitude of events and characters float down the river of moral maturation with Huckleberry Finn, diverting his path from that of nihilistic ambivalence and implicit biases, to genuine tolerance and recognition of the humanity within Jim. The novel begins with Huck as passive observer of and participant in the racism enveloping his surroundings, just beginning to take the first steps toward compassion. He doesn’t react in any negative manner to his abusive father’s rantings about “this country where they’d let that nigger vote” (28), or Tom Sawyer’s treatment of Jim as a toy to be manipulated, showing the normality of prejudice in his context. It’s really not until he meets Jim on Jackson’s Island that the assumption of inherent black inferiority
The evolution of a character is an important feature in storytelling. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the final 11 chapters are important in the conclusion. For example, the reader finds out that Jim is officially a free man which means he does not have to be on the run anymore. The reader would not have known that if the book did not have those remaining 11 chapters. No, the novel would not have been stronger if it had ended at chapter 31 because it would have left too many loose ends, and it would not give the reader closure on the characters’ lives in the novel.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is a first-person story about a boy who starts out in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, in the early 1800s. Huckleberry Finn, or Huck, embarks on a journey where he deals with many moral dilemmas, and questions whether his own morals and those of society are ones that he wants to continue to believe in. These same morals are tested continuously as Huck befriends Jim, a runaway slave that he meets. He also sheds his old selfish morals, focusing on his own well being and instincts of self-interest, and eventually rejects the previous morals taught by society and implements his own. We can see the growth and change in Huck’s personality through three main events.
Smiley, an author of many books and magazine essays, writes her own criticism of Huckleberry Finn, “Say It Ain’t So, Huck”. Smiley has very strong arguments as she compares her own opinions and backs them up with Twain’s words from the book. Smiley argues that Twains real meaning behind the book is based off of racism. Twain never allows Jim to become a real human, as Jim will always be a slave whether he knows it or not. Although Huck and Jim end up creating a very strong relationship like brothers, Smiley believes that “Twain thinks that Hucks affection is a good enough reward for Jim” (Smiley 460).
In the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is portrayed as smart, non-religious, and a liar. In the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is a portrayed as smart. Huck is smart because he escapes by sawing a log off in the corner of a cabin and he floats down the river with the canoe. Huck fakes his own death by putting a dead pig in the river with blood and hair on it.
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.
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
Jim’s Minstrel Mask Slaves in the 1800s were seen as dim, ignorant people, underestimated by the white culture. In Huck’s story, the reader can see a different side of slaves. A side that has not been shown in history textbooks, or taught frequently by teachers of the sort. Jim in the novel demonstrates the cleverness, the quick-wittedness, and the overall intelligence of an individual in the face of extreme adversity.
Discrimination is a battle many have struggled with throughout our history. There is always a group of people to treat poorly because they are different. History has shown us that we can learn to accept differences in others, but we still have a long way to go. Early in the 19th century minorities lacked many of the rights of others, but as people begin to associate themselves with minority populations they develop a greater acceptance of their differences. Often times, discrimination is oblivious.