Theme Of Sacrifice In Huckleberry Finn

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Jim, a runaway slave and one of society’s outcast members in Huckleberry Finn, portrays the admirable characteristic of self-sacrifice. Jim is a father himself and when Huck and Jim are switching shifts for watch on the raft at night, Jim lets Huck sleep through his shift often. This simple act of kindness greatly illustrates the type of self-sacrifice that Twain would want in his ideal person. Huck considers, “I went to sleep, and Jim didn’t call me when it was my turn. He often done that.”(Twain, Huckleberry Finn 153). Huck does not fully realize the caring actions of Jim, yet, Twain still depicts his admiration of self-sacrifice. The simple thought of “He often done that.” shows that Jim is willing to persistently lose sleep for Huck just
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