Huckleberry Finn - Racism Essay

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Huckleberry Finn - Racism


HUCKLEBERRY FINN In Mark Twains' The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the main character
Huck, makes two very important decisions. The first one is how he treats Jim when he first
meets him at Jackson's Island and the second is to tear up the letter to Miss Watson
because he cares deeply for Jim. When Huck first runs away from Pap he goes to Jackson's
Island and thinks that he is the only person there. He soon finds out that this is not
true, and that "Miss Watsons Jim"1 , is taking crap there as well. Many people would hate
to be alone on an island with a "nigger"2 , but Huck is happy to have someone to talk
with. At first Jim thinks he sees Hucks ghost and is scared. Huck gets Jims feelings by
changing the subject and saying "It's good daylight, le's get breakfast"3 , showing that
Huck is not only real but he does not mind that Jim is black. Jim feels that Huck might
tell on him for running away, but he then decides that it will be okay to tell him why he
ran away from Miss Watson. Jim keeps asking Huck if he is going to tell anyone about his
running away, and Huck say's "People would call me a low down abolitionist and despise me
for keeping mum but that don't make no difference I aint gonna tell"4 . Hucks response
truly shows that his ignorance has no showing over his kindness. When taken into
consideration good decisions are much more important in the long run than being the
smartest person. After traveling with Jim for quite some time Huck begins to feel bad
about harboring a runaway slave. He decides to write a letter to Miss Watson explaining
the whole story, because Jim had been sold and he does not know where he is. Huck was
indeed confused about what he should do so he dropped he dropped to his knees and began to
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