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Huck and Jim Character Analysis presentation
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Eri Wong Huck and Jim Character Analysis Relationship between Huck and Jim Quotes and analysis
Change in morals Jim The Character of
Huck Quotes and Analysis: Middle: Jim's perspective Beginning End: Mark Twain illustrates the bond formed between the white young fourteen years old protagonist, Huck and his fellow black slave partner Jim. Overview: The attitude of Huck towards Jim changes over time. Huck's thoughts towards Jim Beginning End Huck finds Jim as an important companion and equal to him Middle -Huck describes Jim as an unintelligent and an ignorant slave that is below him .
-Takes advantages on him. -Both are not very fond of each other, but nonetheless Jim is very friendly to Huck. -They both cooperate well to escape and navigate through their adventure. -Huck describes Jim as an individual human being. -Not as an owned slave. Huck "goes to hell" by releasing Jim from slavery. Moral changes in both characters. Huck makes many moral choices How the author shapes and develops Huck. Huck starts out as a rough uncivilized boy. Rebels against restraints of civilization artificial, middle class society, and religion. He dislikes the hypocritical "sivilization" He rejects Widow Douglas and Miss Watson's society Radical changes in his opinion:
his view and understanding of "right and wrong" Quote 1:Huck's perspective “’ Dad fetch it, how is I gwyne to dream all dat in ten minutes?’ ‘Well, hang it all, you did dream it, because there didn’t any of it happen” (89) . “ It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed his foot to get him take it back. It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger” (90). Indirect/Direct
characterization Huck as a narrator Huck’s youth and innocence makes him a perfect narrator for Twain, but unreliable to the reader. Huck is a fourteen-year-old boy and you are viewing the story through his eyes. Point of view varies and changes depending on age, experience, education and culture. Huck is young, biased, and innocent and has the opinions of a fourteen-year-old boy. He is unreliable in the very definitely of the word that he is not always going to tell the truth or portray people as they really are.
Twain writes so eloquently with such intelligence that elements of the story that are not clear to Huck are still clear to the reader (for example Huck not realizing they are cons at first) Huck is also the perfect outlet for Twain's thoughts on issues such as race or religion, because he is unreliable which is perfect o divert criticisms away from Twain's progressive thoughts. Quote 2: “ I see it warn’t no use wasting words-you can't learn a nigger to argue. So I quit” (85). E
S Jim becomes angry at huck when he tricks him. (he lies that the whole fog scene was a dream)
Feeds Huck food
innocent to believe that the duke and the king are actually who they say they are
Saves Tom from the bullet wound, even though that risked his freedom. Jim doesn't forget kindness given to him. He thanks Huck many times when he saved him from being caught by white men they pass by on the river.
He considers Huck to be the only "white gentleman dat ever kep' his promise to ole Jim"
"I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their'n. It don't seem natural, but I reckon it's so" -Huckleberry Quote 3: Jim's perspective OPINIONATED "That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain and he told the truth mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth" One of the first things written is Huck giving his opinion of the author. This is Twain immediately letting the reader know that this novel will be from Huck's point of view with his opinion by making himself the subject of Huck's judgment INNOCENT "I knowed he was white inside" "Goodness gracious is dat you, Huck? En you ain' dead -you ain't drownded-you's back ag'in?...No you ain't dead! you's back ag'in live en soun' jis the same ole,Huck, thanks to goodness!" (88) This is a great example of Huck's innocence and how he is no influenced by society in that he doesn't quite understand the racial discrimination state that the world was in at that time. YOUTH "Other place seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft." This is a prime example of Huck's age coming through, though morally he is way beyond his years, he is playful and not always logical which is the epitome of youth. “Jim won’t ever forgit you, Huck; you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now” (93). “Out with you. Jim and set her loose! Glory be to goodness, we’re shut of them!... Jim lit out, and was a coming for me with both arms spread, he was full of joy”(201). Quote 2: Huck's perspective "Of course when they got to snoring we had a long gabble, and I told Jim everything"(204) Quote 3: "Git up and hump yourself, Jim! There ain't a minute to lose. They're after us!" (68). “All right then, I’ll go to hell”(210). “I knowed he was white inside, and I reckoned he’d say what he did –so it was all right now, and I told Tom I was a-going for a doctor”(267). Society's Impact
“I wouldn’ think nuff’n; I’d take en bust him over de head--dat is, if he warn’t white. I wouldn’t ‘low no ****** to call me dat.”
He considers Huck to be the only "white genlman dat ever kep' his promise to ole Jim"
Jim says that he will not harm a white man for calling him bad names but if a black man did, he would fight back.
Before the funeral: Jim pleads Huck to come for him soon because he feared to be seen by white men nearby. To be seen as a "captured slave", Jim had to be tied to a post while the king and the duke goes off scamming everyone they meet. Jim, throughout his journey with Huck, shows
Huck that he's no different from any other people, including the whites. He longs to free his family and feels guilt when he hit his daughter by misunderstandings.
He loves Huck and treats him well. He has a selflessness where he doesn't fight against the oppression of the white slave masters. Influenced by racism around him, Jim accepts that the black race is "lower" than the white race. However he does not belittle anyone and see people at least equal to himself. -Huck dislikes being "sivilized".
-Does not care about religions or rules.
-Independent. -dirty - outcast
-thoughtful, but distrustful. What we can interpret from his speech, thoughts and action: Trait Indirect characterization/first narrative Quotes: "“The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; it was rough to live in house all the time… and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags…” “Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.” "My new clothes was all greased up and clayey, and I was dog-tired" Other quotes of Jim "It's a dead man..... Come in, Huck, but doan' look at his face—it's too gashly."
This show Jim's comparison as he knows that it's pa's body but lies to tell huck to protect huck's feelings "You do that when you've lost a
horseshoe that you've found.... but I hadn't ever heard anybody say it was any way to keep of bad luck"
Jim is a very superstitions man and finds most things will bring some kind of luck wether it is good luck or bad
This quote also shows a lack of education as an educated person could right off Jim's rituals as silly superstitions