Theme Of Selflessness In Huckleberry Finn

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Joyce Banda,former president of Malawi, once said “I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice, and with the need to put the common good ahead of personal interests.” A quote that perfectly depicts the heart of many, and how Mark Twain depicts Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Jim,a runaway slave, demonstrates selflessness, loyalty, and morality. Despite all the turn in events his character remains unchanged. First, throughout the book it becomes evident to the reader how selfless Jim is. Jim risks everything he has to save and protect not only the ones he loves but also puts everyone else's needs above his own. In the novel Huck States “He was saying how the first thing he would do when he got to a free state he would go to saving up money and never spend a single cent, and when he got enough he would buy his wife...then they would both work to buy the two children, and if their master wouldn't sell them, they'd get an Ab'litionist to go and steal them.” This quote is evidence of Jim's selflessness because it allows us to see that he risks recapture and torture in order to save his family. He is not only willing to spend so much time away from his family but also risking his life in order to save them. Everything that Jim is going to do for his family, is strictly for their benefit, and not his. Jim also displays selfness when he risks his life to save Tom, …show more content…

Jim not only demonstrates loyalty towards Huck but also extends that loyalty towards Huck’s friends as well. In the novel Jim states,"white genlman dat ever kep' his promise to ole Jim", and with this quote Jim expresses how he is eternally grateful. Since Huck keeps his promise to Jim, he repays Huck by remaining loyal to him. Jim also shelters Huck from the fact that his father is

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