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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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