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Huckleberry Finn

Huck Finn is an adolescent boy who struggles with many issues including morality, fear, and responsibility in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck is a victim of his own age as he struggles with his friendship with Jim and his struggle between what society believes and what he believes. Huck is easily influenced which makes his quest for understanding difficult, especially by his racist and sometimes immoral friend, Tom Sawyer. Huck fights an inner battle with himself as he tries to overcome the objections of society. Mark Twain sets this novel in a time where racial inequality was the norm and minorities were seen as inferior beings. Twain portrays Jim as knowledgeable, understanding, and a model of restrained maturity. Jim is seen as a responsible adult, despite his race, and a father figure to Huck while fighting for his freedom and desire to reunite his family. Mark Twain seems to include his own personal beliefs into the novel by using Jim's character to protest against the treatment of people of color at the time. Huck believes in the rules of the racist society he lives in, but part of him makes decisions that break those rules with Jim, and later show signs of his respect for the competence of all races. In his novel Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain examines societal conditioning as a debilitating force that shows Huck's struggle to develop morally.
Huck's racism is apparent in his words as well as his actions, many of which are in the form of tricks he plays on Jim. Huck and Jim got lost in a fog one night but Huck finds Jim again and climbs into the raft while Jim is sleeping. Jim shows his excitement and relief that he and Huck are back together. But, Huck tells Jim that they were never really separated. When Jim finds out that Huck played a trick on him Jim says, "my heart wuz most broke bekase you wuz los'…and all you wuz thinkin' about wuz how you could make a fool out uv ole Jim wid …

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