Essay On Archetypal Hero In Huckleberry Finn

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The archetypal hero can appear in many forms. They can have brains or brawn. They could be young or old. In the fictional novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Jim is a hero in his own way by being a father figure to Huck by helping him learn and grow along with keeping Huck safe. Huck is not much of a hero when he and Jim first run into each other on Jackson’s Island. Huck starts off brainwashed thinking that all slaves are not people, that they have no feelings, and he can treat them however he wants. The reader sees that Huck and jim are not much use alone. “Oh yes, you got a gun. Dat’s good. Now you kill sumfn en I’ll make up the fire.” (Twain, 56). Jim and Huck start off together for the convenience. Together they …show more content…
Huck tries to channel his inner Tom, and later on it hurts his feelings. “I haint seen no fog, nor no islands, nor no troubles, nor nothing.” (Twain, 113). Huck thinks that since Jim is uneducated he is gullible too. Jim, however cares about Huck so much he thought of Huck as one of his own children, he cried when Huck was gone. Jim is the kind of person that cares about everyone’s well being. When Huck was missing Jim was heartbroken. “My heart mos’ broke bkase you were lost/… en when I wake up and find you back again all safe and soun,’ de tears come,” (Twain, 115). Jim is the first person that Huck knows of to care that he is gone. Jim cared to a point that he is crying when Huck is gone, and he is crying when he finds out Huck is safe. Jim is the reason Huck learns when to draw the line, and when not to cross it. Huck learns his less on from Jim when he realizes he needs to apologize. “I didn’t do him no more tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d ‘a’ knowed it would make him feel that way.” (Twain, 115). Huck’s epiphany makes him realize that he should put other people 's feelings into consideration. Jim made Huck feel guilty about his actions. Huck grows a conscience when Jim walks away, heartbroken, when he tells Huck that he is not as dumb as he …show more content…
Jim spent a majority of their time traveling putting Huck first. He makes sure he is taken care of even in the simplest ways. “I went to sleep and Jim didn’t call me when it was my turn. He often done that.” (Twain, 206). Jim knows Huck is a growing twelve year old boy, and that growing twelve year old boys need sleep. Jim puts Huck’s needs first. He lets Huck sleep through his rest time, because he is that father Huck never had. Jim shows the reader how much he cares about his blood family when he tells Huck about his daughter. “She was plump deef and dumb, Huck, plump deef and dumb and I’d ben treating her so!” (Twain, 209). Jim being overwhelmed with guilt tells Huck how he used to hit his daughter before he found out she was deaf. Jim cares so much about his family he would risk his life to keep them safe. He later on ends up doing the same thing for Huck. Jim risks his freedom and his life to make sure the people he cares about are safe. Huck eventually realizes that he should tell Jim all about the Duke and King being frauds. “When they got to snoring we had a long gabble and I told Jim everything.” (Twain, 277). Huck has grown to trust Jim and he doesn’t tell him because traveling with the Duke and King would make having Jim less suspicious. Later when he tells Jim this shows the reader that he has grown to trust Jim. It shows that

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