scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 686
The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story --- that is to say thirty or forty years ago Dealing with the role of magic in HF Daniel Hoffman claims a subtle emotional complex binds together superstition slaves boyhood freedom in Mark Twains mind1We know how Twain felt about boyhood freedom - his nostalgia for it lead him to some of his finest writing and it lends its charm to his most enduring works The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn How Twain felt toward slaves is more ambiguous In his autobiography Twain wrote of Uncle Danl the man on whom the character Jim was based that his sympathies were wide and warm and that his heart was honest and simple and knew no guile Autob 2 To the time spent on his uncles farm in Florida Missouri Twain credited his strong liking for his Uncle Danls race andappreciation of certain of its fine qualities Autob 3 To the late-twentieth-century reader of course Twains treatment of blacks is extremely problematic Jims character presents many difficulties -- are we to think of Jim as the man who longs for his family even as he valiantly runs away from them or the fool who gains celebrity among the slaves for a story he invents and believes How could Twain allow Jim to assert his human dignity on the raft then subject him to a series of gross humiliations at the Phelps farm Definitive answers to these questions are impossible However they and the fact that they must remain unresolved affect all conclusions we draw about Twain and his black characters In considering superstition the third part of this triangular relationship we are again left with questions about Twains feelings In Form and Fable in American Fiction Daniel Hoffman writes that Twains usual assumption is that white persons of any status higher
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA