Huckleberry Finn Essay

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In the novel Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck is a thirteen-year-old boy who goes through many adventures on the Mississippi River. Huck starts out escaping from Pap and then he sails down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave named Jim. Huck goes through the moral conflict of how wrong it is to be helping Jim escape to freedom. Over the course of the novel Huck's opinion of Jim changes.

In the beginning Huck thinks that slaves are just animals and nothing more, but someone to work for you. He thinks this because everybody around him like Mrs. Watson and the widow Douglas believes this. Huck thinks that Jim is stupid and gullible because he is a slave so they are always playing pranks on him.

Later on is the novel Huck realizes that Jim has feelings just like everyone else. Huck also realizes that he is Jims one and only friend and that Jim really cares for him.

Also he understands that Jim is not a slave he is a real person. Huck decides that Jim is the only father figure he has ever known, and that Jim is the only one who has ever cared for him. Huck realizes this after he plays a trick on Jim. Jim got really mad and Huck said that he would of kissed his feet just to make things better. Back then no white boy would ever kiss the foot of a black slave.

In chapter thirty-one, Huck realizes that the King and the Duke have sold Jim to Silas Phelps. When Huck learns this he gets really upset and starts to cry because he thought he would never get to see Jim again. In this scene you would have never seen a white boy cry over...