Huck and Jim The development of Huck through Jim - In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,

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Huck and Jim

The development of Huck through Jim

                                        By: Ashik Kabir

        In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, many themes arise to the surface of the story.  Perhaps one of the more recognizable themes is the one that deals with the development of Huck and especially with his feelings about Jim.  Through the eyes of Huck, one must first look at the society that he lived in to understand what America was like during the time of this Twain’s story.  Next, one must look at the way in which Huck was raised in order to see how Huck developed his own moral beliefs, a set of moral beliefs that were very different from that of the societies.  Finally, by analyzing the moral “dilemma” through the relationship that Huck has with Jim, we will be able to see that Huck does indeed develop his attitude towards Jim for the better.

        From the very beginning of the story, readers are aware of the time in which this book was written (or the period it was written for). The corruption of society morally fit the people’s need of that time.  For example, Huck lived with his aunt in the beginning of the story.  When his father returned to town, he demanded that Huck be returned to him.  A court date is set to decide with whom Huck Finn should stay with.  The Judge turns the custody back over the Huck’s abusive, careless, alcoholic father.  Later, when Huck fakes his own death, we see how the society is more obsessed with finding the dead body of Huck then their care to save him from the one he was living with.  This goes to show how the society felt about parenting and the father’s right to raise his child, even though Huck’s aunt is more capable of raising him.  On top of society’s feelings towards awarding guardianship to unlawful parents, something far more extreme and detrimental, society still practiced slavery.  People justified slavery through some social and religious means in order to preserve their right to own a person.  Twain would show Huck’s feelings and challenge his morals by using the runaway slave named Jim.  The “morality” instilled into many people were filled with contradictions, but coincidently enough, it wasn’t successfully instilled into Huck.

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        Huckleberry Finn did not conform to the society from the very beginning of his childhood.  Many of Huck’s attachments with society were broken while Huck was living with his abusive father.  Perhaps it was around this time in which Huck came up with his own version of what was right and what was wrong.  To correct his behavior, in order to make him more “sivilized,” Huck was to live with Miss Watson.  It was very apparent to see that Huck did not enjoy the time he spent with Miss Watson.  Here is a quote taken from the book as to ...

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