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Huckleberry Finn

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on 5 September 2012

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Transcript of Huckleberry Finn

WISE AND NOBLE Jim's dialect in general shows he is not well educated. "Yes-en I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars." (Twain 47). Jim misunderstands the story of King Solomen, and doesn't understand the moral of the story. "I doan k'yer what de widder say, he warn't no wise man, nuter. He had some er de dad-fetchedes' ways I ever see." (Twain 78). "Twain creates the impression of American folk culture through his use of dialect and phonetic spelling, which mimics speech, rather than writing" (American Writer 1). Jim doesn't understand the concept of the English language and French language being different. "Why, Huck, doan' de French people talk de same way we does?" (Twain 79). Jim buys into the lie about "the duke" and "the dauphin" while Huck sees right through it. (Twain 126). Jim's believes that if you have a hairy chest, one day you'll be wealthy. His belief came true in the end when he was finally freed and given money for helping save Tom. "Ef you's got hairy arms en a hairy breas', it's a sign dat you's agwyne to be rich" (Twain 46). Jim's superstitious belief that touching a snakeskin brings bad luck was also found to be true. When Jim is bit by the snake, he ties the rattles around his wrist and eats a part of the snake. He believes the snakeskin is what caused the rattlesnake bite. (Twain 53). Jim helped the doctor save Tom after he was shot. Even though Jim was wanted as a runaway slave, he choose to help Tom at the cost of his own life. Jim doesn't let Huck see his dead father on the floor of the house on the river. "Huck desperately needs emotional support. Jim chooses to respond to this need and thus demonstrates genuine human kindness and unselfish generosity...Huck's need for Jim as a father figure is, in its grimness, insightful and accurate" (Struggling with Huckleberry). "So I says, I got to have help, somehow; and the minute I says it, out crawls this nigger from somewheres, and says he'll help and he done it, too" (Twain 286). GAME TIME!
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