What Does Jim Teach Huck Finn

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Everybody has someone in his or her life who teaches him or her how to be a better person. Throughout the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses Jim, a slave, as a source of symbolism for Huck’s maturity. First, Jim teaches Huck about what it truly means to be civilized. Next, Jim shows Huck about the value of family. Lastly, Jim teaches Huck about racial inequality and how to accept people. In Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim teaches Huck about civilization, family, and racial inequality. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim teaches Huck about civilization. He shows how the world around them is not as civilized as it should be. Twain shows an example of an uncivilized society through…show more content…
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
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