In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain displays that the relationship between Huckleberry Finn and Jim are heavily influenced by racism and slavery as their friendship puts society against them and brings them closer together. As Huck and Jim spend time together on the raft we see that Huck treats Jim as a person and does not treat him less of human being and more of a parental figure while the society he is in says otherwise. Society and the people he has met on his do not treat Jim as a human being as slavery and racism is embedded in southern religion and culture. Huck later has a lapse where he begins to have doubts about whether he should return Jim to his owner and do what society thinks is right or go with he thinks is right and follow his own beliefs. When Huck is with Jim over time he sees Jim as not necessarily above him but as more of parental figure as Jim has more experience and is certainly a better role model than the old man or Pap, Huck’s real dad, and unlike him Jim is genuinely good natured and is a good source of knowledge. After Huck escapes from Pap’s log cabin and the civilized society he finds Jim, Miss Watson’s slave who was hiding on an island after running away. While on Jackson’s island Jim provides useful fables and simple knowledge that help Huck, “Some young birds come along… Jim said it was a sign that it was going to rain… And Jim said you mustn’t count the things you are going to cook for dinner, because it would bring bad luck”(Twain 50). Jim’s simple ideas offer a lot more help and knowledge to Huck than anything his dad ever done for him. When they are out on the mississippi Jim is very protective of huck almost as much as parent. Jim built a shelter on the raft so they don’t get wet in the rain.. They later found “a dead man. Yes, indeedy; naked, too. He’s been shot is da back. I reck’n he’s ben dead two er three days. Come in, Huck, but doan’ look at his face – it’s too gashley”(Twain 55).  Later in the book it turns out that this dead man is actually Pap Finn, Jim cares Huck and did not want him to suffer seeing his own father dead. Jim’s surprising amount knowledge and ingenuity protect Huck from the elements, while his care and love for the boy require him to guard him against pain. Jim possess the capability to be a perfect father figure for Huck. In many cases Jim may be better than most of the people represented in the book as many of the characters shown here have many flaws that they often throw onto the slaves for instance the kings where blaming the slaves who stole their money but they stole the money originally and in doing so they are no better than what they claim the slaves to be. There are many other example of characters having major moral flaws including huck himself but is ultimately learning from jim. Jim is a character that has an excellent moral stance and is in sense more pure that what is said by many of the white owners and other people in the southern society. Society and the people he has met on his do not treat Jim as a human being as slavery and racism is embedded in southern religion and culture. The society does not mind ripping apart family as long as they are not white as shown when they agreed that did not want to take away from his biological father as it wasnt right to take a child away from his family but when it is a slave it is not a big deal for Miss Watson who was going to sell jim to another plantation effectively ripping him away from his wife and kids. This is why Jim had become a runaway slave. Much later on in the book, the King and the Duke had conned the wilks for their money and they show a bit of their racism here “Because Mary Jane ‘ll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the n that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put ’em away; and do you reckon a n can run across money and not borrow some of it?”(Twain 134) basically saying they black people are naturally thieves and can’t be trusted and this is phased like common knowledge further showing that society views them as lesser by assigning them negative traits. Huck kinda uses this and blames the servants for the gold missing after he stole it and hid it. They believed it. Later on after they were exposed as frauds when they decide to take sell jim to the Phelps farm for a quick buck. Leaving Huck alone. Huck eventually learns where jim is being held and goes there. This is where he poses as Tom Sawyer and tells tom to go along with it. They end up hatching a plan to free Jim while unorthodox methods of freeing jim they pull it off but it leads to Tom getting shot and Jim turning himself in to help Tom get help. This was a selfless act by Jim showing that  he was willing to give up his freedom to save this boy who made him go through a bunch of games and him is essentially a prop in his plan. Jim is later chained up and wheeled back. the mob wanted Jim hanged for running away to set an example but they later withdraw that statement as they would have to pay the owner if they did that meaning if they killed Jim they could lose money. The doctor defends him by saying “Don’t be no rougher on him than you’re obleeged to, because he ain’t a bad n.”(Twain 214) This The King and Dukes action leaves Huck ends up having a internal struggle. Should he go with what society believes is morally correct and write a letter to Miss Watson and tell her where Jim is most likely leading to Jim getting punished for running away, or follow his own beliefs of what is right and wrong and based on how he feels Jim is as a person and free him from slavery effectively “Sending him to Hell” and resulting everyone in society criticizing him and call him an abolitionist. He ended up deciding to write the letter to Miss Watson, but end up feeling really bad for what he has done. “It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: All right, then, I’ll go to Hell and tore it up.”(Twain 162) Huck saying that he would be willing to go to Hell to free Jim means that his love for him is so great he would be willing to throw Heaven and society out the window. After spending time on the raft together, Huck developed a fondness towards Jim. Huck realized that Jim was not any different from a person and in some cases even better than most and the things that separated whites from blacks were pretty much not true from his own experience. He basically believed that Jim was  “white inside” and often a better person than much of society makes Jim out to be. Huck’s care and appreciation for Jim lets him look past racism and see that the only difference between himself and Jim is the color of his skin.


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