English III Honors
28 November 2016
The Father He Never Had
One of the ideas associated in many classic novels is the relationship between two characters. Relationships symbolize coming together as a family and the care of others, which Mark Twain was trying to prove throughout the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The idea of a family embodies the idealism of a community in which society wants. Huck and Jim show the idea of a relationship and how important it is to have somebody to stand as a figure in one’s life. Twain elucidates the importance of a relationship throughout the novel by showing how Huck felt about Jim before he was able to know him, how Pap plays a role in Huck and Jim’s relationship, and the relationship change they had on the journey.
Huck had the same mindset as almost everybody else had in the 1800’s, due to how he has been raised and the influence from others around him. African Americans in the 1800’s led to discrimination and judgement all around them, especially in the deep south. This envision of Africans led to Huck seeing Jim as property and devaluing him. Jim was looked at as somebody who does not have feelings nor could think for himself. Huck is insensitive of Jim and says, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a n____” (Twain 97). This quote represents Huck’s thinking of superiority over Jim and how he thinks he can get away with anything he does to or around Jim. Huck believes that Jim has no intelligence because he is a slave. He thought of Jim as an incapable man who could not work or make logical choices. Huck definitely shows his belief by saying “it warn't no use wasting words--you can't learn a n____ to argue. So I quit”(Twain 91). However, this attitude towards Jim does not always last because Huck begins to see the true side of Jim (Kiskis).
Throughout the novel, Pap plays a huge role within Jim and Huck’s relationship. Pap is one of the worst father figures somebody can imagine. He is a drunken, abusive man who only wants Huck for money (Kiskis). Pap says, “Call this a govment! why, just look at it and see what it's like. Here's the law a-standing ready to take a man's son away from him—a man's own son, which he has had all the trouble and all the anxiety and all the expense of raising. Yes, just as that man has got that son raised at last, and ready to go to work and begin to do suthin' for HIM and give him a rest, the law up and goes for him. And they call THAT govment”(Twain 37)! Pap wants all of the rights a father should have even though he does not take on any responsibilities. Pap will never go through any stress or hard work for the sake of Huck. Huck begins to notice who he does not want to become and how he wants to be surrounded by people who care and give Huck a greater amount of care. Jim is a character who acts like the complete opposite of Pap, which gives Huck a feeling of care that Pap...