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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck goes through a moral and physical journey which challenges his past beliefs and morals and develops new ways of thinking for himself Because of Hucks lack of a father figure Jim takes the role of an influential role model despite Jim being black He teaches Huck many important life lessons such as being a kind and compassionate human beingDue to Hucks upbringing in a family who patronized slavery it took time for Huck to have respect for Jim There were different stages to Hucks moral development When the novel starts Huck thinks Jim to be a stupid uneducated slave who had no feelings The first time that Huck really breaks away from his preconceived notions of Jim is when Huck tries to play the trick on Jim when theyre separated on the river and Huck lies to Jim about what is happening What Jim says to Huck really lets Huck know how Jim feels about himWhen I got all wore out wid work en wid de callin for you en went to sleep my heart wuz mos broke bekase you wuz losEn all you wuz thinkin bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lieThis is the first time that Huck genuinely feels sorry for something he has done to Jim Because of this realization it shows Huck that Jim isnt just a dumb slave with no feelings rather that he has very strong feelings especially for Huck Consequently Huck feels extremely sorry for what he has doneI didnt do him no more mean tricks and I wouldnt done that if Id knowed it would make him feel that wayAfter that incident Huck not only starts to make real strides towards viewing Jim as an equal but also makes his own decisions about how he views people He realizes that the dumb and uneducated arent the slaves but instead are the sleazy scum
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