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Transcript of Huckleberry Finn
By: Erica Roberts, Kaitlyn Roberts, Jordan Parker, Tamera Thompson
Complex Character Development
Huck realizes an equality between blacks and whites as early as chapter 9. Instead of saying "I" Huck says "we" when referring to situations with Jim. He subconsciously gave Jim this equality. When Huck and Jim arrived at Jacksons island there was work to do. We spread the blankets inside for the carpet, and ate our dinner there(Twain 39). Huck doesn't make a difference between Jim and himself; there's only Huck and Jim, not a white boy and a black man. Huck doesnt feel sorry for Jim he understands Jim(Wood). Huck makes themselves into one entity so that they are on the same level as one anther.
Critics argue that Twain was before his time in writing his book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He shows this by developing the two main characters', a young southern white male and an older black slave, relationship. Explain and cite why this relationship shows that Twain is before his time .
Twain was very much before his time while writing his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain was born and raised in the southern state of Florida,
Missouri, where racism and slavery where acceptable. Twain's book was published in February of 1885 when slavery was still accepted in the southern states. The reader realizes early on in the book that Twain did not agree with the views and beliefs of his time. The reader can see this when the two main characters develop a relationship even though one is a young white male and the other was a slave. * Twain's beliefs were almost 100 years before his time. During the year of 1964 the government ended all laws requiring segregation. In regarding "Mark Twain and his Times", Stephen Railton said "our culture continues to rely on the past he invented as a foundation for our nation self-image. During his lifetime, his work was at least equally important in helping contemporaries toward the American future" (Railton). This shows that other critics also believe that Mark Twain was before his time.
Through the book Huckleberry struggles with one of his worst enemies, himself. His conscience is always ensnaring him in a battle between right and wrong. What was his toughest choice? How did it help or hurt his chances of survival?
The reoccurring theme of
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
is the open road. The same night Huck was thought to be killed, Jim and Huck both set out on their separate quests for freedom. When their paths become intertwined they help each other survive and shape themselves. They also encounter some puzzling ethical issues and problems with social class throughout their journey.
The many encounters with people and circumstances of life while on their adventure down the Mississippi River tested their survival skills. Complex character development showed how Huck's perception of Jim grew clearer and over time Huck realized this mutual equality of a man. Ethical issues such as the difference in slaves and white men are in question throughout the story. These issues also led in to differences in social class between Jim ad Huck because of race. The open road helps Huck and Jim escape their very different but troubling pasts but also presents them with many problems that they overcome together.
In chapter 23 Huck's eyes were finally opened to he fact that blacks feel the same way as whites. How does the journey up the Mississippi River for Jim's freedom help Huck realize this equality?
Huck's hardest and most meaningful decision in the book was his choice not to tell on Jim. This decision, although based on his promise to Jim, went against all the moral values his father and his community instilled in him. This jump-started his friendship with Jim and although its a fine adjustment for his character this very much hurt his chances of getting away from his father. To him it was the right choice, for what is a man in the 1800 if he could not be depended on for his word. His grand decision for the time is best stated by William E. Grant in is article, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." William says,"It is here that Jim and Huck can allow their natural bond of love to develop without regard for the question of race. It is here that Jim can become a surrogate father to Huck, and Huck can develop the depth of feeling for Jim that eventually leads to his decision to imperil his own soul." (William) These are the truest words to describe Huckleberry's relationship with Jim. in the book Jim is later ready to risk eternal damnation for his friend. Huck says, glancing at the paper to tell Miss Watson to retrieve Jim, " All right, then, I'll go to hell."(Twain 170)Then he tore up his only hope for redemption.
Along the river there was danger and Huck didn't say Jim your in trouble they both feared together. So if one was in danger the other is in danger(Wood 86). there was some men that would search Jackson's Island for Jim and Huck had to get back and save him. It must have been close to one o clock when we got below the island at last, and the raft did seem to go mighty slow(Twain 51).
In chapter 16 the feeling and elation of being so close to freedom for Huck and Jim was similar to each other. The pair shared the same feelings. Jim said, " it made him all over trembly and feverish to be so close to freedom"(Twain 70). Huck felt the same way to. Jim was happy about his freedom from slavery and Huck was happy for his freedom from his father.
The tie breaker in chapter 23 was when Huck realized that equality between blacks and whites is real. Jim felt bad about treating his daughter so poorly because he didn't know she was deaf. "De Lord almighty forgive po ole Jim, cause he never going to forgive himself as long as he lives!"(Twain 103). Huck realized that blacks had feelings and emotions just like white people. The realistic scenarios gave proof that blacks cared for their kin and gave Huck evidence first hand to open his eyes to this equality.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ed. Thomas Cooley. New York: Norton, 1999.
Grant, William E. "Adventure Of Huckleberry Finn." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 11 Dec. 2014
"Davis Wood, Daniel. "Character Synthesis In THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN." Explicator 70.2 (2012): 83-86. Literary Reference Center. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.