Response 1 Huck Finn

Response 1 Huck Finn - determining Jim's status Miss Watson's dying wish to free Jim While location(in conjunction with race was the determining

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Schmittlein 1 Alex Schmittlein: 1 st Response, Tuesday September 28, 2010 Geography and location play crucial roles in Mark Twain's novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . Beyond the vernacular language and geographic detail however, location and geography also impact characters' identities. For near the entirety of the story, location (in conjunction with race) defines whether Jim is a slave or a free man. The beginning of the novel opens up with Jim enslaved to Miss Watson because he is a black man in Hannibal, Missouri. If Miss Watson lived across the river in Illinois, Jim presumably would not have been a slave. As the novel progresses and Huck and Jim travel down the river, the importance of their location grows more and more significant in determining Jim's identity. When Huck and Jim miss the convergence of the Mississippi River and the Ohio River at Cairo, it seems that Jim has been condemned to never becoming a free man. At the end of the story however a different axis of identity takes priority over location in
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Unformatted text preview: determining Jim's status: Miss Watson's dying wish to free Jim. While location (in conjunction with race) was the determining axis of identity for Jim throughout the majority of the novel, Twain presents an example of a character's present location not determining his free status: the mulatto professor. The mulatto professor whom Pap cusses and complains about early in the story walks around the same town as Jim, a free man with the right to vote. One assumes he has his freedom because he lives in Ohio, and according to Pap "he couldn't be sold till he'd been in the State [Missouri] six months" (40). The mulatto's present location in this instance defers to the more important axis of identity: home state. WORDS: 284 Schmittlein 2 Works Cited Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. , 1999....
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2010 for the course ECON 231 taught by Professor Horn during the Spring '10 term at Central Bible.

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Response 1 Huck Finn - determining Jim's status Miss Watson's dying wish to free Jim While location(in conjunction with race was the determining

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