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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Project

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Project, Period 5, Race/ Slavery group

Huckleberry Finn

on 9 January 2013

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Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Project

Passage: Analysis: "It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger--but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed it would make him feel that way.” Passage: "'Good gracious! anybody hurt?'
'No'm. Killed a nigger.'
'Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt'" Analysis: Passage: Passage: Analysis: Analysis: Exemplifies the influence and impact of Huck’s upbringing and the racist stereotypes of society
Innately feels superior to other races,
Huck feels that he has to humble himself up to apologize to Jim Ch. 15/ pg. 87 "Because Mary Jane'll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the nigger that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put 'em away; and do you reckon a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it?" Duke shows prejudices by exemplifying how all African American has certain qualities.
Duke implies how the blacks can't be trusted just by assuming.
Blacks were more likely to be suspected than the white, which gave the king and the duke a reason to blame the blacks for their “mischievous behaviors.” Passage: Analysis: Ch. 32/ pgs. 222 Ch. 26/ pg. 179
“It most froze me to hear such talk. He wouldn’t ever dared to talk such talk in his life before. Just see what a difference it made him the minute he judged he was about free. It was according to the old saying, “Give a nigger an inch and he’ll take an ell.” Thinks I...." Passage: Analysis: Shows how racism is commonplace
Huck insults Jim for being ungrateful
Jim is simply being a good father to his family Ch. 16/ pg. 89 "They hain't no right to shut him up! Shove!- and don't you lose a minute. Turn him loose! he ain't no slave; he's as free as any cretur that walks this earth!" Tom acknowledges that Jim is free.
Slaves are still human. Ch. 42, pg.289 demonstrates how many did not think of African Americans as though they were equal human beings.
Pap describes the man as one who is educated and classy.
The only problem Pap has with the man is his race. "Oh, yes, this is a wonderful govment, wonderful. Why, looky here. There was a free nigger there from Ohio – a mulatter, most as white as a white man........Here's a govment that calls itself a govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment, and yet's got to set stock-still for six whole months before it can take a hold of a prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted free nigger...” Race/Slavery By Benson Wu, Sarah Desouky, Dominique Sy,
Philip Sun, Cindy Deng, De Ying Liu, Nicole Wong Ch. 6/ Pg.27 Since colonial times, race and slavery remain controversial topics. In the Civil War, these issues tore apart families, friends, and our country.

The actions of the characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are easily influenced by society's views on race and slavery. Their words also strongly demonstrate the insensitivity and ignorance towards treatment of the slaves. exemplifies how slaves were treated as property
not viewed as people or humans
their safety and general well-being was disregarded Jim In the beginning, Jim was a nothing more than a piece of property, and was not appreciated by many, including Huck.
However, Jim showed compassion and care for Huck, which in turn was reciprocated.
As the story progresses, he evolves from a disregarded slave to a fatherly figure to Huck.
He proves to society that he is also a regular human being, not something that can be desecrated.
The doctor says, "...I never see a nigger that was a better nuss or faithfuller, and yet he was resking his freedom to do it..."(Ch.42)
Jim is the transforming agent of Huck. Huck and Jim Huck thinks of Jim as just another slave
ex. He has to "humble" himself to Jim
As the story progresses, Huck begins to acknowledge Jim as a companion, as opposed to property
Further in the story, Jim becomes Huck's fatherly figure and best friend
At the very latter end of this book, Huck not only acknowledges Jim as a human being, but also believes he deserves freedom
ex. Huck believes in this ideal so strongly that he states he would willingly "go to hell" as punishment Class Activity The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Passage: "It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself:
'All right, then, I'll go to hell' --and tore it up." Analysis: Huck reflects upon his friendship with Jim
Decides Jim is too important to dismiss
Chooses to save his friend by doing what is considered unacceptable
when he states he will "go to hell," he means it literally Ch. 31/ pg. 215 "No animal inflicts it but Man and the Ant; no animal endures it with contentment and transmits it to his posterity without shame but Man alone."

-Mark Twain
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