The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, there are many questions that are not answered. Twain keeps Huck and Jim together throughout the novel, for what reason he never says. He keeps the reader in suspense by making Huck and Jim float down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, a slave state, on a raft. Instead of taking the Erie Canal or the Railroads to get to Illinois, Indiana or even Ohio to a free state so Jim can finally be a free black man.

I Both Huck and Jim run from home for different reasons; ironically they end up together. Huck runs away because his drunken father locks him in a cabin and keeps him as a prisoner. To be free from his father, Huck fakes his death and flees to an island, where he meets Jim by accident. Jim, a black slave, has run from his mistress, Miss Watson, because she was thinking of selling him to another owner.

They meet and the adventure begins.

Huck learns that Jim is a runaway slave of Miss Watson, who is Hucks adopted mother. Huck cannot give Jim in because he promises Jim he won't tell anyone about him. They decide to be fugitives together. As time goes by they learn more and more about each other.

Huck changes his identity many times throughout the novel, but never with Jim. This is one reason Huck stays with Jim. He doesn't have to pretend he is smarter or richer he is just himself. Back home Huck has many different identities. He is Pap's son, Miss Watson's adopted son, Sara Williams, Mrs. Jane and George Jackson. Huck needs to take time out from his other identities, and that's why he keeps with Jim. When he is with Jim...