One can experience isolation or detachment from society solely based upon something that makes of a person such as gender, skin color, social status, or personal beliefs. When one is alienated from a population, it mainly reflects on that culture or society 's values itself. A runaway slave named Jim in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is simply isolated from society based upon his race during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Jim’s detachment from others reflects upon the moral values of many whites such as the dehumanization of race, the insensitivity towards slaves, and taking advantage of one’s vulnerability.
Martin Luther King Jr., a pioneer for the Civil Rights movement, wrote an inspiring letter while imprisoned at the Birmingham jail, in Birmingham, Alabama. Martin Luther King Jr.’s main point of this letter is to show the effect of non violent protests to combat racism. He is doing that because he wants African-American people to be patient because nonviolence is the best answer, and in the end they will get what they want, eventually getting the equal rights they deserve. One time in the letter that King really exemplifies this is when he says, “We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights.” My original thought after reading this was that King wrote an effective letter from inside the Birmingham jail that
Smiley catches the audience’s attention as she recognizes the racist remarks that Twain uses through his character, Huck, and how he forms Jim’s character. Smiley says that, through the book, Twain creates Jim “more and more passive and never minds, just like any good sidekick” (Smiley 460). As Huck and Jim never cross the Mississippi to Illinois, a free state, Jim just stands in Huck’s shadows as he is along for the journey, never getting his own voice in the book to stand up for himself and his freedom. Through Smileys argument the reader could also take Jim’s character as Huck’s own slave. Smiley creates his argument and his main claim, “ Twain nor Huck
Jim teaches Huck that others will judge solely based on skin color. Twain shows this by saying, "The ni***r run off the very night Huck Finn was killed. So there's a reward out for him - three hundred dollars" (Twain 67). This quotation is showing how the people are quick to assume that just because they both coincidentally went missing around the same time that Jim was the one to "kill" Huck. Throughout the novel, Twain includes the word “ni***r.” This word choice shows how harsh the rest of humanity was towards African Americans. They said, “The ni***r run off… there’ a reward for him” which is showing how they all were very quick to assume Jim should be blamed for it. If a white man would have gone missing, nobody would have even thought about it, but since he’s black, they all assume the worst about him. These quotes show how Jim is Telling Huck about Miss Watson and how she feels about Jim being an African American slave. Jim says, "but she could git eight hund'd dollars for me, en it 'uz sich a big stack o' money she couldn' resis'" (Twain 54). Later on, Jim says to Huck, "Yes; en I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars" (Twain 58). In these quotes Jim is talking about how his white owner wanted to sell him to get the money that he is worth. Jim takes what she says and looks at it from a different perspective. Jim says to Huck, "en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars." When Jim says this he is teaching Huck two different morals: one that being racist is wrong but two if the world looks down on you, you can turn something bad into good. The rest of the population just thinks that Jim is a piece of property and is only good for money. Jim teaches Huck tat that is not the way to look at things and to not be a part of racial
Jim tells Huck he hit her for not listening to get to work, but he then finds out she has been recently made dea when she did not react to the door slamming shut from the wind. He realizes he hit her when she never even heard Jim to begin with. Jim was so distraught begging for forgiveness from the Lord and his daughter, because he would never forgive himself for his mistake. This shows Jim’s deep rooted connection with love of others and his humanity. Not only that, but Huck realizes he cares deeply for his family and is capable of emotions that otherwise racist ideologies have told him are not possible. Huck now believes that this cannot be the case since he sees Jim having strong familial ties with his own eyes. This example of Jim’s release of the minstrel mask makes Huck gain a higher opinion of him.
Trust: The firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Jim is an ordinary slave who bases his values on trust. Throughout the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, Jim develops to be a noble character. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, this is also where Jim is a slave to Miss Watson. Jim is a father and husband who is just searching for ways to improve his family’s lives. His journey to freedom consists of meeting new people, discovering other communities, and gaining an inseparable bond with Huckleberry Finn. While he is developing as a character, Jim’s portrayal differs throughout the novel. He also gains a “new son”, Huck, and is
Everyone wants a father figure, but the person who takes on the role of being a father is not always who is expected. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim, an African American slave, is a father figure to Huck, a young white boy. Jim acts as a father by protecting Huck from dangers and risks during their journey. Jim is also a father to Huck by teaching him lessons about right and wrong. Lastly, Jim is comparable to a father through the love that he expresses toward Huck. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain expresses how Jim is more of a father to Huck than Pap through Jim’s protection, lessons, and love.
The widow, Miss Watson, takes Huck into a closet to pray, and tells him to pray every day so he will get what he wants. Huck tries to pray daily, but becomes disappointed when all he gets is a fish-line with no hooks, when he prayed extra hard for hooks. “By-and-by, one day, I asked Miss Watson to try for me, but she said I was a fool. She never told me why, and I couldn’t make it out no way” (19). When he asks Miss Watson about it, she tells him praying brings spiritual gifts. Unable to see any use for that sort of thing, Huck decides praying is probably not worth his time. Huckleberry Finn, an illiterate white trash boy who is at the bottom of society’s hierarchy, narrates Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain put the novel in the voice of Huck for his very literal thinking. His realistic views and perceptions provide much of the ironic humor of the novel. Huck simply reports what he sees, and the monotone narration allows Twain to show a realistic view of the common ignorance, slavery, and inhumanity that took place.
There are certain things that set humans apart from other creatures. Intelligence, emotion, and humanity are concepts that many understand while others struggle to grasp. In a time before the Civil War, African Americans were treated with a lack of humanity and respect. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, exposes the racism towards African Americans in the 19th century by showing the interaction of Jim with white Americans. Jim is a runaway slave owned by a white lady named Miss. Watson; while his partner during his adventures down the Mississippi River, Huck is a young boy raised in a slave-owning culture. Jim will have to struggle with Huck’s moral dilemma of whether or not to view Jim as an equal; Twain continues to set Jim
Mark Twain portrays Huck as a character superior to Tom by making Huck as the complete opposite of Tom. In this book, overall, Huck has foresight about in which event will happen; for example, Huck’s notable quote “I’ll go to hell” implies that he is completely aware of the fact that he will eventually get punished for his action, which was to release Jim--an act that is not accepted by the public. Additionally, Huck is introspective (deep), realistic, and mature; even though ironically, Huck lies in order to resolve the situation. Huck’s maturity is shown in his beliefs, where he believes that Jim (or possibly other black slaves) should be treated equally like any other whites and views the minorities as equal people. On the other hand, Tom simply believes Jim should be released just because Tom believed the story of releasing Jim would make a great adventure. Moreover, Tom’s overall craving for adventure exhibits his childlike and fantastic qualities, which contrasts Huck’s quality of being a mature boy. By describing Huck as a boy who is more thoughtful than Tom, Mark Twain deliberately makes Huck to be superior to Tom (which ultimately implies Twain’s contrast of realism and romanticism).
Jim was seen as a slave, a friend, and a father figure throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Huck. He was a very important part of Huck’s life and helped him mature mentally and physically. No matter what happened, Jim was always there for Huck, and Huck was always there for Jim. Even though in the beginning of the novel Huck started questioning what he was doing. Jim showed Huck that you don’t have to be the same skin color or ethnicity, or anything to be friends and care about one
In chapter sixteen Jim says in regards to Huck “Dah you goes, de ole true Huck; De on’y white genalman dat’ ever kep’ his promise to ole Jim.” - Jim
There are moments when Huck appears to value his relationship with Jim by being protective of him, but does this to save himself. Earlier in the novel when beginning their odyssey, Huck forces Jim to “lay down in the canoe and cover up with the quilt, because if he set up, people could tell he was a nigger a good ways off” (48). In this instance, Huck protects Jim’s identity so that anyone passing by will not catch them. However, he is literally putting Jim below him to assert authority. The difference between how the two protect each other is that Jim does it because he truly sees them as a team. The society which these characters live in has instilled in them that Huck and Jim can never be equals. Huck often disregards Jim as inferior when in fact, Jim is more heroic. Jim guides Huck as if he were one of his own children, whom he has been separated with. Upon entering a house on the water, Jim discovers Pap’s dead body and he tells Huck to “Come in… but doan’ look at his face – it’s too gashly”. Jim also guides Huck in moments of fear. When lost on the river amongst the fog, Jim makes a “whoop” sound so that Huck knows he is there. Jim looks out for Huck because he loves him as if he was one of his own
He undergoes the difficult task of trying to explain the concept that there are multiple languages used by different people. “Does a cat talk like we do… does a cow… it’s natural and right for ‘em to talk different from each other… well, then why ain’t it natural and right for a French-man to different from us” (79-80), but Jim just can’t seem to grasp it. For Twains audience, this is humorous because all of them think it very obvious that people speak different languages, therefore Jims ignorance is to them, hysterical. However, in Huck’s day and age to educate a colored man was completely unthinkable and
In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the reader gauges morality through the misadventures of Huck and Jim. Notably, Huck morally matures as his perspective on society evolves into a spectrum of right and wrong. Though he is still a child, his growth yields the previous notions of immaturity and innocence. Likewise, Mark Twain emphasizes compelling matters and issues in society, such as religion, racism, and greed. During the span of Huck’s journey, he evolves morally and ethically through his critique of societal normalities.