Huck Finn Archetypal Hero Essay

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…
Huck and Jim form a bond where Huck risks everything to save Jim. “All right, then, I’ll go to hell,” (Twain, 285). Huck risks damnation in order to save Jim. Jim Influenced Huck to care. He helped Huck realize that it’s better to do what they think is right over what society thinks is right. Huck gets to a point where he finally stands up to Tom in order to save Jim. “I know what you’ll say. You’ll say it’s dirty, low-down, business but what if it is? I’m low-down and I’m a going steal him, and I want you to keep mum and not let on. Will you?” (Twain, 299). Huck finally grows a pair and tells Tom he would rather save Jim. Huck figures out that he needs to care about what matters. He realizes that if Tom does not care about what he cares about then he does not care what Tom does. Huck saves Jim (with Tom’s selfish help) and Jim later reassures Huck that he no longer has to worry about Pap, that he kept Huck safe, emotionally and physically (from everything). “He ain’t comin’ b no mo’ Huck.” (Twain, 386). This shows that Jim cares about Huck. After all the two of them have gone through their problems are resolved. Jim is free. Huck no longer has Pap (but his money). Jim treats Huck like his son throughout the whole journey. They are back where they started but this time huck and

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