Paper 3 - 1 Daniel Carter Prof. Sean Purcell ENGL 1600 002...

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1 Daniel Carter Prof. Sean Purcell ENGL 1600 – 002 11/14/07 Paper #3, topic #1 Perfect Interracial Friendship In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn presents a friendship in which race plays a major role in the relationships authenticity and longevity. The central relationship between Huck and Jim provides for much of the thematic and moral composure of the novel. Throughout the book, Huck and Jim share adventures together that bond them together as friends. The relationship develops from a utilitarian one to one based on like fondness and common compassion for one another. Even though Huck and Jim have the major obstacle of race and class difference, their friendship can still contain the attributes of a perfect friendship and maintain strength over time. The setting of the novel is highly racist, but as Twain demonstrates by the use of Huck and Jim as the primary relationship of the works, racism can be overcome and interracial friendships can exist and persist. Initially, Twain portrays the two characters of Huck and Jim as very different people. Huck is brought up in an upper class Anglo culture where education, properness, and upper echelon social status take precedent over everything else. Jim’s role in society is far less than Huck’s as a working slave. Jim is viewed as property, owned by a white
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Paper 3 - 1 Daniel Carter Prof. Sean Purcell ENGL 1600 002...

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