Jim’s Importance to Huckleberry Finn
Ernie Banks, a famous retired baseball once said, “Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I've never thought I'd have.” This quote relates to Huck and Jim because they would never be able to achieve their ‘wealth’, freedom from society, without each other and their loyalty for one another. In Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the main character- Huck- goes through plenty of adventures with his older runaway/slave friend Jim. Huck lives with Ms. Watson who tries to civilize and cultivate him. Huck decides to join Tom Sawyer’s gang but Huck’s father shows up and kidnaps Huck because Pap wants Huck’s money. Huck fakes his own murder and runs away from Pap by traveling down river where he meets Jim, Ms. Watson’s runaway slave. Their adventure begins when they decide to build a raft and travel up the Ohio River to the free states. Helping Jim escape troubles Huck and his conscience. However, Huck continues to stay with Jim, despite his belief that he is breaking all of society and religion’s tenets. Huck’s struggle with the concept of slavery and Jim’s freedom continue throughout the novel. Soon two con artists- the duke and dauphin- unfortunately join Huck and Jim’s adventure. The duke and dauphin sell Jim back into slavery. Huck and Tom work together for Jim’s freedom, but as they do Tom gets shot and Jim risks his freedom to save him. In the end Jim is granted freedom and he and Huck start another adventure together. Throughout the novel we see how Huck and Jim need each other to continue on in their adventures. Jim is needed for several different reasons including Huck’s development and growth, companionship, and lastly Jim’s need for Huck and Tom leading to freedom.
Throughout the novel we see the necessity for the character of Jim. Not only do Miss Watson, Widow Douglas, Pap, and Tom push their views of society on Huck, but Jim as well and leaves an even greater...
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