Analysis of Jim as the only adult character in "Huckleberry Finn".

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Slavery emerged as one of the major issues within the early nineteenth century when the idea of a white supremacy was still alive. African Americans were belittled and patronized because of the stereotypical assumption that all slaves are worthless and acquired no social status. In an all-time American classic, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, the novel emits Twain's message on his perspective against slavery. The setting of the story is located on the Mississippi River in the early nineteenth century when slavery was still at its peak. Twain utilized this novel to display the morality and congeniality of a condescended slave through the corruption of the "white" people.

This novel is comprised of two main characters of Huckleberry Finn (Huck) and Jim, a run-away slave. Jim plays the role of a fatherly figure to Huck for the majority of the novel. The two companions traveled down the Mississippi River to be free of their past issues.

Huck ran away from his hometown because he refused to be assimilated to the "civilized' white society. As a child he embraced the constant abusive drunk, which he called his dad. Huck had no one to teach him the rights and wrongs of life. Despite the lack of attention he received as a child, he was able to learn that slaves were inferiors and they had no justice in society. Jim, a loving and devoted slave and father decided to run away when he overheard a conversation held by Ms. Watson. She planed upon selling him to New Orleans, which meant that he had to part from his wife and children.

Out of the stroke of luck, or fate, the two characters had an encounter with each other on "Jackson's Island. Jim decided to accompany Huck and within the process,