Huck Finn - Jim Essay

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Huck Finn - Jim


Throughout all of his adventures Jim shows compassion as his most prominent trait. He
makes the reader aware of his many superstitions and Jim exhibits gullibility in the sense
that he Jim always assumes the other characters in the book will not take advantage of
him. One incident proving that Jim acts naive occurs halfway through the novel, when the
Duke first comes into the scene "By right I am a duke! Jim's eyes bugged out when he heard
that..." In the novel, Huck Finn, one can legitimately prove that compassion,
superstitious and gullibility illustrate Jim's character perfectly.



To begin with, among the many characteristics of Jim, his compassionate nature shows
throughout the book. When Huck and Jim come across the floating boathouse, Jim finds a
dead man inside. He advises Huck not to look as he says, "It's a dead man... dead two er
three days... come in Huck, but doan' look at his face." At the end of the book the reader
finds out that the dead man turns out as Huck's father. Further on down the river, Huck
and Jim engage in a deep conversation. Jim speaks of the family he feels he has left
behind. Jim tries hard to save up all his money in hopes of buying back his wife and
children when he becomes a free man. He expresses that he feels terrible for leaving
behind his family and misses them very much. As a result, Huck feels responsible and
guilty for ruining Jim's freedom. Huck decides that he wants to reveal the truth, that Jim
really isn't a free man. His conscience tells him not to and instead he finds himself
helping Jim rather than giving him up. Jim feels so thankful to Huck when he says ". .
.it's all on account of Huck, I's a free man, ... you's the best friend Jim's ever had..."
Even further along, Huck becomes separated from Jim and living at the Grangerford's. Huck
doesn't know if he'll ever see Jim again. He also doesn't realize Jim has found a hiding
spot not very far away. He asks one of the Grangferford's slaves about Huck's condition
and how well the lifestyle of the Grangerfords suites him. A slave reunites Jim and Huck
and Huck proceeds to ask, "Why didn't you tell my Jack to fetch me here sooner, Jim?" Jim
replies, "Well, ‘twarn't no use to ‘sturb you, Huck..." He would rather let Huck have
his fun while he can. Throughout the book Jim acts as the most caring character,
especially towards Huck. Luckily, the two men, devote everything they can to surviving
this adventure and it shows that they care for one-another very much.



Not only does the novel show Jim as compassionate but, it also portrays him as
superstitious. For instance, he believes the reasoning behind the bad luck relates to Huck
touching a snakeskin. "You said it was the worst bad luck in the world to touch a
snakeskin with my hands." Equally important Jim believes hairy arms and chests leads to
wealth. "Ef you's got hairy arms en a hairy breas', it's a sign dat you's a gwyne to be
rich." Furthermore, the sight of birds flying overhead produces rain. "Some young birds
come along, flying a yard or two at a time and lightning. Jim said it was a sign it was
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