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Development of Jim in Huckleberry Finn

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´╗┐Parker Hollander Ms. Carter American Literature ?The Character of Jim and the Ending of ?Huckleberry Finn?? This article demonstrates the different phases of Jim?s development to show how Twain used him as a tool to condemn mistreatment of black people. The author begins with the analysis of Jim as a simple gag routine which was a common role of African Americans during this time period. However, Twain slowly makes the audience realize that the Jim is a real person, beginning with a profound statement of self-awareness and destiny ?Jim's reflection that ?I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns mysef, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars. ...read more.

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Citation: Hansen, Chadwick. "The Character of Jim and the Ending of `Huckleberry Finn'." DISCovering Authors. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Discover Collection. Web. 27 Oct. 2011. This article talks about how Jim starts off as a stereotypical negro. Jim starts off very superstitious. Jim also believes that his hairball can tell the fortunes. In the beginning, Jim uses Tom?s trickery to his advantage. Instead of saying that somehow his hat ended up in a tree when he woke up, he told everyone that he was possessed by the devil and that witches had ridden him all over the south. Later in the story Jim does not act so foolishly. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Jim is introduced in chapter 2, it is thought that Jim is just the widow?s slave and really has no more importance than that rather than the fact that Tom enjoys to mess with him. In the beginning of the book, Jim is a superstitious fool who believes that he has a hairball that can tell the future. However, Jim?s character develops greatly throughout the book and Jim becomes a major character in the story. The events in the story most likely would have never been able to take place if it hadn?t been for Jim. In the end, he came a long way from being the foolish negro working for the widow. Citation: Brownell, Frances V. "The Role of Jim in Huckleberry Finn." EXPLORING Novels. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Discover Collection. Web. 24 Apr. 2012. ...read more.

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