Jim's Influence On Huck Finn Essay

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Mark Twain is phenomenal at subtly implementing his own beliefs into his writing, and into the heads of his methodical characters. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain implies many themes from that time period into his writing. As he does so, he plants one of the most important themes into the head of the young character of Huckleberry Finn. That theme is moral and government laws. This theme drives the story, creates personal conflict, and makes Huck see the world through new eyes. Twain did this by using one character to influence Huck many times throughout the novel, by showing Huck what morals are good and bad from an honest man’s view. Twain chose to make this character one who has no sense of hatred, but only a shear want for freedom. What Twain has put into the text made Huck evolve; it was the kind hearted Jim. Mark Twain streamed many believes though Jim to Huck; this is how and what is being streamed.
Huckleberry Finn starts as a child with little thoughts concerning slavery and its importance in the south. In the fourth chapter Huck encounters Jim for the first time in the novel; you can plainly tell that Huck is intelligent, but submissive to new ideas. This is discovered when Jim tells Huck of the hair ball oracle. “It felt pretty solid, and only rolled about an inch. But it warn’t no use; he said it wouldn’t talk.” (Huck Finn page 25) Huck finds himself trusting Jim, and this leads way to the overall evolution of Huck’s believes. Further in the novel Huck finds himself arguing with himself over one thing; Whether or not to turn Jim in or not. By this time they have set out for Cairo in search for freedom, and that is what brought this emotion to Huck. He feels morally wrong for stealing Jim from Miss Watson, but cannot turn in his only friend on the Mississippi. It is when Huck encounters slave hunters when he finally decides what the best thing to do; lie. “But I warn’t man enough-hadn’t the spunk of a rabbit. I see I was weakening; so I just give up trying, and up and says: He’s white.” (Huck Finn page 138) With the slave hunters leaving Huck felt guilty, but was filled with joy when Jim told him his mind of what happened.
It was before that that Huck felt happiness with Jim, and found Jim as an actual person. After Huck faked his death he felt fading joy receding to nothing more than pure loneliness. It was then he had found Jim on the island with him. That loneliness disappeared as...

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