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Paternal Influence In Huck Finn

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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. When Jim realized that Huck was lying he was deeply hurt. Author Lee explains, “We see an illustration of Jim’s ‘transforming influence’ when Huck, after
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