The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Essay
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is about the unlikely friendship between Huck Finn, a poor white boy, and Jim, a slave searching for freedom. Their adventures together throughout the book showcase the failings of society at the time, but also show that a friendship between an African American and white boy can flourish. Over the course of the book Huck begins to become more conscious of Jim as a person and an equal, rather than someone who is beneath his class. Huck begins to make decisions based on the wellbeing of his friend Jim, instead of only focusing on his own interests.
In the beginning of the book Huck makes decisions based on this own wellbeing and does not consider how he could help Jim. After their escape from the island Huck and Jim come across a steamboat that has wrecked on the rocks and have an argument on whether to board it or not. Huck tries to reason with Jim by saying, “I can't rest, Jim, till we give her a rummaging. Do you reckon Tom Sawyer would ever go by this thing? Not for pie, he wouldn't. He'd call it an adventure—that's what he'd call it; and he'd land on that wreck if it was his last act.”(P.62) Huck knows that Jim is an escaped slave and if he is captured there will be little hope of him escaping again, or seeing his family. Despite this, Huck still demands that they rummage the steamboat just for the adventure of it. He fails to realize the uncertainty and peril of Jim’s situation and the consequences that could occur if he was captured. Later on, Huck becomes torn between two sides of his moral conscious. On one hand he feels like he needs to turn Jim in, but he know that if he did he would feel guilty. He feels stuck between his thoughts, but ultimately decided “I wouldn't bother no more about it, but after this always do whichever come handiest at the time.” (P.85) While Huck decides not to turn in Jim, he decides this based on his own survival. If it was...
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