How Does Huck Finn Affect Society

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The novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain Huck is influenced by the ideas about African Americans that society has created. As a poor, uneducated boy, living with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas Huck lives under many rules to follow in order for him to be accepted and not treated like an outcast by others around him. Huck, like most people at this time, is blinded by what society says to be right and wrong. Huck fakes his own death and runs away from his Pap and his home because of the physical and mental abuse he was receiving. By doing this Huck earns his freedom and he begins to finally starts to see things through his own eyes. Along the way he runs into Jim who is a runaway slave, they decide to team up and continue their …show more content…
Jim was happy to find out that Huck was still alive. "No! Way, what has you lived on? But you got a gun. Oh, yes, you got a gun. Dat's good. Now you kill sumfn en I’ll make up de fire.”(Twain 42) Huck and Jim see that they can both help each other as they head down the stream, thus the beginning of their friendship. Throughout the time Huck and Jim spend together. Huck’s heart and mind often fight about the way he feels about Jim. All Jim wants is for his loved ones to be safe and happy.”I went to sleep, and Jim didn't call me when it was my turn. He often done that.” (Twain 155). Jim looks over Huck like a father or a friend, he understands and wants to protect him, he is the only person who sees Huck for who he truly is and this is why he is protective of Huck. A sense of love and trust have never been present in Huck’s life until he met Jim. With distrust towards society and seeing all the things Jim does for Huck he begins to view Jim as a person. Even though Huck’s heart begins to tell him these things his conscience has been blinded by the ethical system which still makes him think again about Jim and at times stills believes that he is just someone’s

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