Huck Finn - Hypocrisy of Society Essay - 693 Words | Bartleby
His caring for Jim plays the largest role in his life towards the end of
the novel. Jim is a part of Huck's life, almost as a brother, putting aside
race and color, in his journeys. Afterward, Jim becomes enslaved; and,
instead of leaving Jim in slavery, Huck plans and attempts to help him escape
from Tom's Aunt Sally. (pg. 176) Huck, to people's bewilderment, helped Jim
escape, not because he did not belong there, but because they were friends.
Society's mold does not exist in Huck's mind anymore. To furthur Jim's
freedom, Aunt Polly informs Huck and Tom that the Widow Douglas passed away,
leaving Jim free in her will. (pg. 218) Jim finally tells Huck the truth
about his Pap because Jim can trust Huck, as a friend, with this knowledge;
for all that Huck had done for Jim, he was finally giving him good news.
The novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is not a racist book.
It only shows how society makes people close-minded; but, Huck gradually
broke the mold that tried to confine him and prevent him from becoming close
friends with Jim. Critics argue that this book portrays racism. In fact, it
uses the n-word as only a common word , such as today's "cool," used in the
dialect of the time and area to depict accurately America's history. Students
in Oakland today should not be deprived of the historical experience the book
provides, even with its presently inappropriate language. Finding and
applying the underlying message of taking the path less taken can make
history not be repeated. Society creates a mold, and students must break them.
Huck Finn - Hypocrisy of Society Essays
The mold begins to form and take shape in Huck's mind in the beginning
of the narrative. While living with the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, Huck
interacts with Tom Sawyer, his best friend. Tom, the prankster of the town,
plays a trick on Jim, Widow Douglas' slave (pg. 3-4). The joke never intended
to hurt anyone's feeling or cause commotion, but only to spook Jim for the
moment. Huck takes this incident as an example of how to act towards blacks.
Even though Tom influenced Huck, he was not the only one. Another person that
impacted him was his father; when Pap Finn came into Huck's life and takes
him away from his "civilized" life, Pap, in his drunkeness, rambles about
how a mulatto man taught as a professor in college, and how the government
gave him the right to vote. Pap complained of how the government could let
this man be free for even six months. "Here's a govment that calls itself a
govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment, and yet's
got to set stockstill for six whole months before it can take ahold of a
prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted free n*****, and -" (pg. 21)
Pap's resentment of the existence of free blacks in the country makes another
piece of society's mold.
One hundred and twenty years ago, a person of African descent that was
free rarely existed in the southern states of the United States. Slaves ran
off into the North in hopes of freedom, escaping their lives of cruel
treatment from masters, the lack of rights, and of racial prejudice. In the
time period of the novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," written by
Mark Twain, racism played a dominant role in American society. Because of the
history of racism during that time, many critics label the novel as racist,
taking in account the usage of language and behaviors of whites toward
blacks; however, the novel reflects the happenings in society and depicts
racism as a mold in which Huck tries not to associate with. "The Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn" shows the relationship between Huck and Jim and the
rare, yet existent, crack in the mold.