He starts to form a connection with him. As this change in Huck begins to happen, Huck struggles with deciding whether to help Jim, going against what he has been taught, or to turn him in, doing what Huck believes, is the right thing. Huck feels compassion for Jim, but he thinks that helping him is directly defying God. “it [Huckleberry Finn] is an image of the conflict between social and personal virtues, between, on the one hand, people 's associations as social concepts and social products and, on the other, their associations simply as human beings”(Ostrom, 164). Huck grapples with his personal feelings, and what society has taught him.
Huck and Jim become very close while on their journey to find freedom. Huck and Jim become very good friends who are loyal to one another despite their racial differences. Huck did have a moral conflict at first but later accepted that by helping Jim he was doing both a wrong and a right. Huck realized that no matter what he did one party wouldn’t be happy and he didn’t want Jim to feel betrayed. Huck and Jim developed a close relationship while on their journey which showcased that it doesn’t matter what color skin you have
Huck becomes more mature throughout the novel of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because of the adults that he meets along the way. These adults include the King and the Duke, Jim, and Huck’s father Pap to help Huck to realize how different people can be than by what is expected. Huck learns to not judge someone based on the color of their skin, not to trust everyone, and to notice that all he needs in his life is himself. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not only a story of a slaves journey to freedom, but also a story of a boy growing up into a
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.
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
The raft and river are Jim’s way to the free states, where he hopes to meet with his family. When traveling, Huck and Jim talk a lot together and often share many thoughts and feelings. One night they looked up at the stars saying, “We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened” (Twain 120). On the raft Jim and Huck are both equal, unlike if they were in society. Jim's hope for sharing his knowledge and superstitions with Huck is to allow african americans and caucasians to become equal because if they can share the same sky they can share the same equality.
Huck did not expect this but Jim refuses to leave until Tom gets a doctor to help him. Huck is a witness that Jim truly cares about tom and that he is a good friend. This act of kidness suggests Jim cares more about Tom being okay than his own freedom from slavery. Jim does stay by Toms side and Huck went out to get a doctor but Huck says “I knowed he was white inside” (263). I think Huck means by this that he can truly see Jim for who he is and not his skin color because most slaves would not care about a white man being shot because most while males are slave owners.
They are both looking for a better life than what they had before, and found their haven on the river. As the story progresses, Jim helps Huck grow into a man by forcing him to be independent from society, changing his morals, and being a true father figure to him. In the beginning of the novel, Huck did not have an independent opinion about social issues. He grew up uncivilized and has just recently began to conform to society’s norms. These norms include the idea that slavery is a good thing, and that African Americans should not be treated as equals.
Throughout the story, “Huckleberry Finn,” the main character, Huckleberry Finn, faces an abounding amount of moral difficulties. On the path of escaping his abusive, drunk father, he crosses into the next main characters direction. Huck Finn meets his sources from all the moral crisis from the story. Huck was presented to the runaway slave named Jim. Jim slipped away because he overheard his slave owner deciding to sell Jim to another plantation, away from his wife and kids.
Huck would never want to take away another man's freedom because he cherishes his own adventures. Along with being equal on the raft, Jim and Huck's adventures on the Mississippi rivers have allowed them to become friends. Huck and Jim's relationship shows how the river provides freedom to any man who is ready to take it. Along with the river, the raft also shows how both a black man and a white child can be equal during a racist time