Readers Notes A. Themes and Conflicts –Mississippi River B. “We passed another town before daylight, and I was going out again, but it was high ground, so I didn’t go. No high ground about Cairo, Jim said. I had forgot it. We laid up for the day, on a tow-headed tolerable close to the left-hand bank. I begun to suspicion something. So did Jim. I says: ‘Maybe we went by Cairo in the fog that night’” (78-79). C. Huck and Jim want freedom, so they take the raft on a trip to go find a steamboat. Getting to Cairo is very important, so this taste of freedom can be attained. However, they slowly start to lose their grasp for freedom. When Huck “suspicions” that they are lost–with the evidence of Huck saying that they got lost in the fog the other night– Huck does not have faith that he and Jim would make it to Cairo and that they were lost, being quite realistic. Eventually, this lead to not finding Cairo, which carefully sets up the rest of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . A. Themes and Conflicts –Honor B. “It was because my heart warn’t right; it was because I warn’t square; it was because I was playing double. I was letting on t0ngive up sin, but away inside of me I was holding on to the biggest one of all. I was trying to make my mouth say I would do the right thing and clean thing, and go and write to that nigger’s owner and tell where he was, but deep down in me I knowed it was a lie –and He knowed it. You can’t pray a lie –I found that out” (178-179). C. The contemplation of writing the note to Ms. Watson shows a deep conflict of how Huck thinks of African Americans. He knows what the “honorable” thing is, which in this case it would be to give Jim up. Huck believes that’s what God wants, and what society has convinced him to believe. However, Huck has an established friendship with Jim and cannot let him go. This confusion is explained throughout the book, and he is stuck between “right” and “wrong”. Huck wants God to forgive him and feels like he won’t be able to go to heaven if he helps Jim out. Therefore, Huck is having difficulties on what honor means. Does he want to go with society and not be thought of as the “kid who helped a slave escape”, or does he want to do what he feels is right and help Jim out? A. Themes and Conflicts –Slavery (treatment of slaves) B. “He dressed Jim up in King Lear’s outfit—it was as long as a curtain—calico gown, and a white horse-hair wig and whiskers; and then took his theater paint and painted Jim’s face
and hands and ears and neck all over a dead dull solid blue…Then the Duke…wrote out a sign a shingle so— Sick Arab—but harmless when not out of his head. And he nailed that shingle to a lath…in front of the wigwam.” (132).