Along with Huck

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Along with Huck, Jim is the other major character in the novel and one of the most controversial  figures in American literature. There are several possibilities in terms of the inspiration for Jim.  Twain's autobiography speaks of Uncle Daniel, who was a slave at his Uncle John Quarles farm.  Twain described Uncle Daniel as a man who was well known for his sympathy toward others and his  honest heart. Another possible inspiration for Jim came from Twain's relationship with John Lewis, a  tenant farmer at Quarry farm. In a letter to William Dean Howells, Twain recalled how Lewis had  once saved his entire family when a horse-drawn carriage broke away on the farm. Lewis had  corralled the horse and forever earned the respect of Twain, who also praised Lewis' work ethic and  attitude. Several critics have also suggested that Jim was modeled after Twain's butler, George  Griffin, who was a part of Twain's staff during the years that he was writing  Huck Finn. In the beginning of the novel, Jim is depicted as simple and trusting, to the point of gullibility. These 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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