The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a thrilling tale of a young boy and a runaway slave traveling down the Mississippi River brought to life by Mark Twain. The tale is set pre-Civil War where slavery and racism were part of the culture. In the beginning of the novel, Huck 's Dad, an abusive drunk, comes back to town searching for his son. At the time Huck was living with the Widow Douglas before his father reclaimed him and tried to take Huck 's fortune. One night, his father was drunk and attempted to kill Huck, this unfortunate event made Huck realize he needed to run away. Huck ever so carefully faked his death and stayed on Jackson 's Island a couple miles down the river. A few nights in, …show more content…
You 're educated, too, they say—can read and write. You think you 're better 'n your father, now, don 't you, because he can 't? I’ll take it out of you. Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut 'n foolishness, hey?—who told you you could?" (19).
Pap’s demented way of thinking leads him to believe that Huck is attempting to prove that he is superior to his father while challenging his dominance. Although I believe the journey is self-imposed, I do believe Hucks role in all of those tragic events instigated by his father motivated him to flee.
When Huck first escaped from his father, he traveled a couple miles down the river to Jackson’s Island. He soon discovered that he was not alone; this is where he met Jim. Jim, Miss Watson 's runaway slave, forms a special bond with Huck throughout their journey. They stick together to survive and act as each other 's support system. At first, Huck was skeptical of how to act around Jim, but Huck came to realize Jim was more than Miss Watson’s slave, he was family. Jim showed Huck the compassion he never received as a child. This was surprising to Huck because society always portrayed people like Jim as the enemy.
“I went to sleep, and Jim didn 't call me when it was my turn. He often done that” …show more content…
When they first took off, Huck often pondered whether or not he should return Jim to his rightful owners or help reunite him with his family.
“Here was this nigger, which I had as good as helped run away, coming right out flat-footed and saying he would steal his children-children that belonged to a man I didn’t even know; a man that hadn’t done me no harm” (88).
Huck, still unsure of what to do with Jim, came to realize the truth; Jim deserves to be happy. “Dah you goes, de ole true Huck; de on 'y white genlman dat ever kep ' his promise to ole Jim” (89). Jim was right, Huck would be the only white gentleman to keep his promise. Everything society has taught Huck disappeared, he no longer saw Jim as a slave, he saw him a companion.
As they move further down the river, more difficulties come to surface. Not only are Huck and Jim fighting to survive, they also encounter issues of racism and the dark side of human nature. Down the Mississippi they run into several peculiar characters, such as the Duke and the King, a dastardly pair of con artists. The Duke and King went with Huck and Jim along the river wreaking havoc amongst the villages they