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When asked who the most important character in Huckleberry Finn is almost all people would say either Huck himself or Jim the black slave They are both essential to the story though and both give to the story an alternate perspective Huck is the outsider the nonconformist who just doesnt fit into society and Jim is the runaway black slave fearing for his freedom being persecuted only on the grounds of the color of his skin Jim is the representation of all slaves both stereotyped and in reality just as Tom is the representations of society and civilization Not many people can ever really experience either persons situations except through this book and others like it However just because we cant physically be there doesnt mean we cant experience it Adler says We learn from experience--the experience that we have in the course of our daily lives So too we can learn from the vicarious or artistically created experiences that fiction produces in our imaginations Jim reveals several things about himself through his actions and by what others say about his actions I would like to examine a couple of scenes involving Jim to show some of his notable traits The first passage Ill use is in chapter 11 This is the chapter where Huck finds out that some people are going to see if there is anyone on Jackson Island where Huck and Jim currently are After Huck tells Jim that men are coming Huck says this about Jims reaction Jim never asked no questions he never said a word but the way he worked for the next half an hour showed about how he was scared This confirms something obvious--that Jim values his freedom greatly Once he has experienced a kind of freedom he understands all the better what he has been deprived of and isnt willing to go back to the chains that slavery give him It also shows
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