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Huck And Jim Analysis

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Huckleberry Finn’s conscience and morality about regarding Jim as a friend changes throughout the novel as their bond with each other increases. In most parts of the story,Huck has internal conflict about whether or not he should turn Jim in,but Huck keeps thinking about how bad he would feel afterward. In chapter 8,Huck finds that Jim is a runaway. Jim explains to Huck that he overheard Miss.Watson talking about how she was going to sell Jim to a slave trader in New Orleans for $800 which would separate Jim from his family. Plus,he and Jim are traveling together for the same reason;freedom. Huck is escaping his own home life from the Widow Douglas and his abusive father believing that ...view middle of the document...

While the repeated use of the n-word is shown,the word is most often used by the uneducated Huck who gradually comes to realise that Jim is more than just the property of Miss.Watson.
Although he has been raised to view Jim as nothing more than a slave and property,Huck's gradual awareness of Jim's humanity forces him to view the slave as a person with feelings,a family and an identity all of his own which gives Huck more of a reason to regard Jim as his friend. Huck is an example of someone whose moral senses of right and wrong have been skewed by the social influences of his religion and society teaching him about slavery. The widow persists in teaching Huck religious principles but at the same time supports slavery. Huck calls this “snuff-talking”. I assume this is a form of a synonym for being hypocritical.
Huck knows aiding an escaped slave is illegal,but decides that he’d “rather go to Hell” than to turn Jim in even though there are severe consequences for them if they are caught. I see that Huck’s actions could be see as a “sin” to his society,but to...

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