A flat character is one that stays the same throughout a book or story, and a round character is one that changes throughout the book due to challenges they face and resolve. While Huck and Jim are two very important characters throughout the book, it could be argued that they are flat or round. Neither change very much, but each have small discoveries.
Throughout the book, Huck is independent and easy going. He never wants to be kept down or tied to one place. Even though he is the main character, he does not change very much during the book. Even at the end, he refuses a home saying, “She’s going to adopt me and civilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before.” (Twain, 338.) Huck could have had a home with Aunt Sally, but chose instead to do his own thing. This trait is evident throughout the novel.
Although Huck has traits that are present in the entire book, he does make some changes. He gets closer to Jim and begins to see him as a combination of a parent figure and a friend. He no longer sees him as someone’s property. He actually says sorry to Jim after playing a practical joke on him. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger – but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither.” (Twain, 102) Huck learns to apologize, which is a big change for him, and also learns to see Jim as a real person.
Jim is also a relatively flat character. He goes through the novel with very little change in his character. He is always superstitious, but also is very accepting of people. One...