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Hucks first encounter with Jim happens when the two are both escaping town and wind up together on an island in the middle of the Mississippi He struggles over the idea of turning Jim in He tries to justify the situation because he did not have anything to do with Jims actual escape However he knows that society would not approve of the fact that he didnt turn Jim in He even tells Jim People would call me a low down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum p 46 His struggle over whether to turn in Jim is remarkable Even though his society has told him that a runaway slave is not a good slave he questions societys notions and decides to form his own opinions After traveling down the river for some time Jim believes that they are nearing Cairo and starts to imagine his life as a free man and the possibility of reuniting his family He resolves to go ashore and turn Jim in which immediately relieves his guilty anguish As he takes off in the canoe supposedly to find out if they have reached Cairo Jim makes an incredibly timely show of his love and trust for Huck concluding with Dah you goes de ole true Huck de ony white genlman dat ever kep his promise to ole Jimp 110 Huck struggles over whether to go through with his plan and in the end Jims show of emotion is too much and he cannot bring himself to follow through Hucks struggle with society and its ideals become clearly evident at this point Hucks constant battle between what his heart tells him and what society expects of him is at times painful for Huck Throughout the book he shows his discomfort with society He runs from people who want to sivilize him like Aunt Polly and Aunt Sally He seems much more comfortable floating down the river or lighting
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