Father Figure In Huckleberry Finn

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Most literary critics that talk about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, say that the character that best fits Huck’s father figure would be Nigger Jim. The reason why they say this is because throughout the whole novel, Jim is the only one that spends time with Huck since Huck is helping him run away to be a free man without knowing that Ms.Watson’s will states that she already set him free. Other critics say that Jim is more like a friend to Huck because of Huck’s actions towards Jim. Jim is more like a father figure to Huck because he protects, cares, and teaches him to see society with an open mind.
Jim is like a father to Huck because he will do anything to keep Huck from getting hurt physically or emotionally. Throughout
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As mentioned previously, Huck has been helping Jim run away so that Jim can be a free man so they have been spending time with each other on a raft trying to get to Ohio. In chapter 15, while they were on their journey, the raft hit a harsh land because of the harsh current and Huck got stranded while Jim slept in. There was so much fog that it was difficult for Huck to find his way back to the raft and Jim. Huck was hoping that Jim would realize that he wasn’ton the raft and would call out for him to guide him back, but that did not happen. Once Huck found his way back, Jim woke up and asked Huck if it was really him, “[if he wasn’t] dead… [if he had not] drowned” (Twain pg.83). Jim kept trying to make sure if Huck was alright and if he was hurt or not. Jim’s reaction to Huck being stranded shows that he is more than a friend because a friend would have probably made a joke about the fact that he had fallen off the raft. But Jim was very alert to find out if Huck was hurt and if he was okay. Jim’s reaction show father like characteristics because again he keeps asking Huck if he is okay and inciting that he has not dreamt the situation. Even though he believes that he has dreamt that Huck had fallen if he will always have that feeling as if it was real. As stated before, Jim and Huck have experienced violent incident where their lives …show more content…
Huck’s views begin to change when he fools Jim into believing that he had never fallen off the raft and that Jim was just dreaming. Later on, Jim beats himself up trying to figure out if it was really a dream or not. Huck feels horrible for fooling Jim because he notices that Jim has only been good to him this whole time Huck feels like “[kissing Jim’s] foot…[because he is] so thankful [for Jim]” (Twain pg.86). He also apologizes because “[he knew it would make him feel good]” (Twain pg.86). This means that Huck felt horrible for fooling Jim that he would even kiss his feet so that Jim can forgive him. Huck also says that he isn’t not sorry for saying that or even feeling sorry for “a nigger” (Twain pg. 86). Huck’s views reflect on Jim’s teachings because Jim let’s Huck know how he feels and by this he shows Huck that he can trust Jim. Jim’s teachings show that he is a father figure to Huck because is Jim was just a friend he would have hid his true feelings from Huck. In chapter 16, Huck struggles with his conscience when they supposedly arrive to Cairo. Huck does not know what to do if someone finds out that he is helping a nigger run away. But the fact that Jim is really happy to finally be a free man and tells Huck“[is the only] white [gentleman that has ever kept] his promise to him” (Twain pg. 89) When

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