The raft acts as Huck’s escape from society as it is isolated from society and its views and is the reason Huck is able to see Jim as a real person. When Huck is in society, he is surrounded by racism. The raft is the place where there is just Huck and Jim and Huck is able to interact with Jim with out the pressures of society. The enormous change in Huck is due to his isolation from society. When he is on the river, he is able to think freely and do what he believes is right.
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
Jim finds a dry cave to use as shelter to keep Huck and himself safe. “Jim, this is nice, I says. I wouldn’t want to be nowhere else but here” (Twain). This implies that Huck feels safe and feels at home when he is with Jim. Throughout the novel, it becomes apparent that Jim is not only a slave, but he is more like a father to Huck than Pap is.
Huck basically grew up as an orphan, learning everything for himself while his father was busy getting drunk. When his father was around, he often beat Huck and was a bad role model in his life. When he escaped and began to befriend Jim, Jim took on a paternal role for Huck. In chapter nine when the river floods and the house floats by, Jim will not let Huck see the dead man inside. This is one example of how Jim is protective over Huck and tries to preserve his innocence.
Although, when Huck finds out that Jim has been taken he gets scared and writes a letter to Miss Watson to ask for help. He quickly realizes that this is not a good idea and tears up the letter. The widow Douglas previous teachings of prays have also had an affect, but Huck says, “All right then, I'll go to hell” to keep Jim safe. (Twain 215). Huck would never want to take away another man's freedom because he cherishes his own adventures.
But along the way, Huck and Jim come across troubles that have Huck questioning his motives. Throughout their journey, Huck is aware that Jim has escaped but does not know whether or not to turn him into the authorities. Huck’s mentality about society matures and he realizes his need to protect Jim from dangers. As the novel progresses, Huck begins to realize the flaws in society. Huck ultimately chooses to follow his own
In this way, Jim is an individual person to Huck. Furthermore, Huck is a person who hates the society as an authority and pursues freedom. He sees no reason to prevent Jim from pursuing his own freedom. So even when he knows he would be punished for hiding a black slave, he still lies to the people who go after the running away slaves that Jim is his father with chickenpox. Another example is that in the group of Huck, Tom and Jim, Tom to some extent serves as the authority.
trying to run away from all of his problems and in the process runs into an escaped slave, Jim. Instead of turning Jim in, Huck helps him on his journey to the north. During the book Huck grows from a immature boy to a more respectable young man. Huck begins to see how different people can be. Throughout the story Huck grows as a character and that is because of the people he meets along the way.
Huck had to make a various amount of lies and decisions to keep Jim safe. In the light of conscience and morality, “Huck’s inner conflict is not the conflict of a conscience. A representative of a conventional morality, with sympathy (or of the heart) as a force of nature.”1 As for an example of morality decisions, as the pair slid up into the bank of the river, Huck runs into a couple of slave hunters. The slave hunters mention that they’re looking for a runaway slave by the name of Jim. Huck has a moral crisis and comes up with a clever lie.
Along with the way that Huck treated Jim, Twain made him sound like an unintelligent thing, not a human being but just a thing. There were many problems that Jim faced with Huck and one is specifically pointed out as the reason The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a racist tale and not one that started to show racial tolerance. During the escape of Jim from Aunt Sally’s house Huck devises a simple plan to get Jim out of the barn safely But then Tom comes along and makes the plan much more complicated and insanely dangerous for Jim. Huck instead of stopping Tom from doing this plan asks him why they should do a complicated plan that might hurt Jim and then decides to revert back to his old self and toy with Jim. After all the morale improvements that Huck has made in the end Jim is still being toyed with instead of treated like the free human being he was.