Adventures Of Huck Finn By Twain

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When children are born into the world they are completely free and

uncontaminated from outside influences and ideas but as life continues they grow

and are affected by society, their environment, and personal aspirations. All of

these reasons cause people and society to react in certain ways when confronted

with particular situations and people. Often the reactions to these

confrontations are based mainly on morality, yet no always as proven in The

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by the fictional writer, Mark Twain. Huckleberry

Finn, a young man who has experienced and survived great obstacles in his young

years, shaped his beliefs and morals but was capable of undergoing a

considerable change in both mind and heart with the help of his run away slave,

Jim. Jim and Huck had a relationship, which was transformed through time and

trust, but always had the reminder that one was white and the other was black.

This was a major influence on Hucks behavior towards Jim but through the

progression of the book Hucks attitude and respect towards Jim increases

considerably after Huck self-evaluates himself and society and begins to focus

on what is truly important but not always right. Huck is a strong-willed,

free-spirited youth who attempts to portray himself as a bad boy but often finds

himself doing just the opposite; however, several times he causes negative

situations which affects himself and people around him. When Jim and Huck find

each other after escaping their homes, they continue their journey down the

river together. One night Jim and Huck separate on the river because of the fog

but Huck finds Jim asleep after a few hours of searching for each other. When

Jim wakes Huck attempts to tell him that it was all a dream because they had

never been separated and there was never any fog. After lying so sufficiently

for all his life, Huck never considering how his lies affected a person and

especially a friendship until Jim told him.: When I got all wore out wid work,

en wid de callin for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos broke bekase

you wuz los, en I didnt kyer no mo what become er me en de raf.

En when I wake up en fine you back agin, all safe en soun, de tears come,

en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo foot, Is so thankful.

En all you wuz thinkin bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a

lie. Dat truck dah is trash; en trash is what people dat puts dirt on de head er

day frens en makes em ashamed. (Twain, 83) This was a turning point for

both Huck and Jims relationship because Huck realizes for the first time that

someone actually loves and cares about him and his well being. As a result, Huck

apologizes to Jim, which shows that Huck now posses respect for him even though

he is black. Through a misfortunate lie and situation trust and love was

rewarded to both runways. As Huck and Jim proceed down river they encounter

numerous people and difficult circumstances but always remain together as their

relationship and trust develop. In chapter 31 Huck returns to the raft to

discover that Jim is gone and that the two frauds, which they had been traveling

with, had sold him for forty dollars. Huck contemplates what actions he should

take, whether he should allow Jim to be returned to his owner or save him, but

as Huck reminisces about Jim and all he had brought into his life he makes a

decision rapidly; he was going to save his friend.: He do everything he could

think of for me, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I

saved him by telling the men we had smallpox aboard, and he was so grateful, and

said I was the best friend old Jim had in the world, and the only one hes got

now…All right, then Ill go to hell. (Twain, 206) This concludes that the

division between Jim and Huck has become so minuet that it no longer influences

Hucks decision. He was not going to stand-by and witness his only true friend

and person who cared for him to be taken away without a fight, even if it meant

his after life of peace in heaven. It is quite obvious that Huck transformed

tremendously through the novel. He began as a self-concerned child who took part

in foolish make believe games, which he never enjoyed because he had seen and

experienced the real world and was not capable of replacing it with a

make-believe world. He decides, “that all that stuff was only just one of Tom

Sawyers lies.” (Twain, 16) Jim was not as much able to introduce, but

generate, trust, love, and morals into him, which he already possessed but

needed the help from an outside force. In the beginning of the novel Huck viewed

Jim as a much lower, uneducated, and foolish black slave, but soon those

stereotypes were almost deteriorated as a man with feelings and hopes replaced

them. Unlike Mark Twain who still possessed the same perspectives of blacks,

allowed the voice of the opposing society to voice their opinions through Huck

and his actions. Hucks choices were not always correct because he caused

others to be put in great danger put he learned from his mistakes, mostly

through Jim, and was able to mature and separate what is important in life and

what is not and make his decisions based on those aspects.

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