Essay on Huckleberry Finn: Racism

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Huckleberry Finn: Racism

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 pray. He felt by helping Jim
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