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Sharing The Same Fate In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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Is it possible for two people who have never interacted with each other throughout their lives to share the same fate? In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is a young boy who decides to run away from his abusive father, accompanied by an escaped slave who believes that he will be sold and separated from his family. Huck has no choice but to take on an adventurous journey, which allows his relationship with the slave, Jim, to blossom while testing their mental and physical skills. In correlation, in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Linda Brent is a respected slave who is “passed down” to an abusive owner and faces harsh treatment. This leaves her no choice but to run away from the pain she endures. Her only wish is to be free with her children in a place where danger is improbable. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and in Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, determination, selflessness, and patience were expressed, and reflect the qualities needed to motivate someone to commit to a decision which is rejected by the rest of the community.
An attribute that truly reflects both Huckleberry and Linda is determination. This is evident when the adventurous Huck is determined to find Jim, an escaped slave who has been unexpectedly sold and taken to Uncle Phelps’ farm. Since Jim is the only true friend Huck has, Huck is willing to go through all odds to save his friend. As Huck is hastily trying to create a plan to save Jim, he declares, “Then I set to thinking over how to get at it and turned over some considerable many ways in my mind…and took the canoe and cleared for shore. I landed below where I judged was Phelps’ place…” (Twain 214,5). Not thinking of the consequences he would face if he were captured, Huck puts negativity behind him and is determined to face all obstacles. Also, because of the companionship that Huck and Jim share, Huck is not capable of moving forward with his life without the presence of Jim. Therefore, he is resolute in freeing Jim at any cost. Similarly, Linda Brent from the slave narrative is obstinate about freeing herself and her children from the brutal treatment of slavery. Linda is firm on the idea of escaping to the North because her owner is very abusive and is at risk of being separated from her children every day. As she is stuck between being away from her children for a lengthy period of time and being free in the Northern states, she remarks, “I resolved to leave them that night. I remembered the grief this step would bring upon my dear old grandmother; and nothing less than the freedom of my children would have induced me to disregard her advice” (Jacobs 106). Linda is resolved to go north and is determined to take a chance and hope that her children make it safely. She does not want her children to grow up in a community where they are not treated as equal. Not knowing the ramifications of the outcome, she is strong-willed and willing to risk her life, not knowing...

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