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Even though Tom Sawyer is just a young boy in the chapter Here a Captive Heart Busted his actions cross the boundary of childs play and enter into the boundaries of wrongdoing This comical yet tedious chapter in Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn gives insight into a main point of the novel that Jim is a human being just like the whites and deserves to be treated like one At this pre-Civil war time most people conceive slaves to be sub-human or half-human which allows them clear consciences to sell and use them for labor Needless to say slaves were not allowed to escape Runaway slaves like Jim were not sympathized as humans claiming freedom but chastised for stealing property from their masters Twain challenges us in this view and uses the simple hearted Huck Finn to recognize human characteristics in him like love kindness and loyalty After many chapters of this metamorphosis in Hucks mind Tom Sawyer enters the story The way he treats Jim stands in sharp contrast to Hucks way and his absurd demands cause the reader to become exasperated An evaluation of specific details leads us into a better understanding of Twains racial beliefs In the Captive Heart chapter Tom demands Jim to do ten ridiculous tasks each task originates in Toms notion that Jim must perform the role of an adventurous prisoner These tasks are so ludicrous that even Huck has a hard time seeing the point They are tediously described as the work and bother of raising the mullen and jews-harping the rats and petting and flattering up the snakes and spiders and things on top of all the other work he had to on pens and inscriptions and journals and things which made it more trouble and responsibility to be a prisoner than anything Jim ever undertook 254 One of Toms ideas is for Jim to write out a lengthy inscription explaining the woes of a
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