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Huckleberry Finn Chapters 15-16

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Rachel Lindeman

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Transcript of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 15-16

Different upbringings teach him different things
How does he really view Jim?
Huck's Development of Morality during the Fog Episode
The realization that Jim is a person too
Society has brainwashed him
Significance of Huck's Apology
He rebels against society
Development of his own character and ideas
He does care about Jim
Twain's Criticism of Slavery Through Huck
Jim is human vs. slave
idea of slave in background of Huck's mind
reminded of slave in chapter 16
Criticism Seen Through Jim
Satire: shock- ugly details
Children in slavery
Ironic in today's society
feels like Huck is talking backwards
Reality vs. the Ideal
Cairo was the goal, did not happen
Deeper into the South, deeper into slave country
Huck's relationship with Jim
Just slave versus just a friend
Huck is conflicted
Twain makes the adventure in the view of reality
Against Tom Sawyer
Life is not always easy
Huck and His Lies
He lies a lot
To help himself
A very good liar
Uses lying to save Jim (What happens)
Not sure if lying was better than just turning in Jim
right vs. wrong
Lying supposed to be wrong to all
Twain disagrees
Huckleberry Finn: Chapters 15-16
Huck's Current Code of Morality
By Rachel Lindeman, Audrey Kulberg, and
Alex Palmieri

"It made me feel so mean I almost kissed
foot to get him to take it back. It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself to go and humble myself to a n*****" (Twain 84).
Huck's Development of Morality - Post Fog Episode
Takes a step back next chapter
Second guesses himself
Makes up excuses to justify his actions
"I tried to make out to myself that
warn't to blame, because
didn't run Jim off from his rightful owner, but it warn't no use, conscience up and says, every time" (Twain 85).
"The first thing he would do when he got to a free state he would go to saving up money and never spend a single cent, and when he got enough he would buy his wife, [...] and then they would both work to buy the two children, and if their master wouldn't sell them, they'd get an Ab'litionist to go and steal them" (Twain 86).
"S'pose you'd 'a' done right and give Jim up, would you felt better than what you do now? No, says I, I'd feel bad - I'd feel just the same way I do now. Well, then, says I, what's the use of you learning to do right when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same" (Twain 89).
Huck's Discussions with Jim
Denigrates Jim by trying to fool him
Compliments Jim's preparation
Huck holds the role as leader
Jim holds the role of experience
Examples of Horatian Satire
Jim praises Huck while Huck wants to turn him in
Huck is for slavery but Jim is a slave
Conversation with Jim is entertaining because of Huck's wit but also makes reader feel guilt
"Jim says: 'Dah you goes, de ole true Huck; de on'y white genlman dat ever kep' his promise to ole Jim.' Well, I just felt sick. But I says, I
to do it" (Twain 87).
Slave Hunters
want to help a little boy in need=irony
help unless it dangers them (smallpox)
contrast to Huck
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