As Huck goes to find one, Jim insists on staying with Tom sacrificing his own freedom. “Well, den, dis is de way it look to me, Huck. Ef, it wuz him dat ‘uz bein’ sot free, en one er de boys wuz to git shot, would he say, ‘Go on en save me, nemmine ‘bout a doctor f’r to save dis one’? Is dat like Mars Tom Sawyer? Would he say dat? You bet he wouldn’t! Well , den, is Jim gwyne to say it? No sah-I doan’ a step out’n dis place ‘dout a doctor ; not if it’s forty year!” (Twain 275). Jim’s human qualities shine through when he sacrifices his freedom in this way. (Cum) Huck views Jim as white inside, a testament to his morality. This morality bolsters Huck and Jim’s father-son relationship. The Phelps free him at the knowledge of Jim saving their nephew’s life. The relationship between Jim and Huck grows and develops over the course of the book. Jim assumes a father-like position in Huck’s life as he cares for, trusts, and loves Huck, unlike Pap. This lack of a father figure in Huck’s life opens up a role for a father. Jims inept desire to care for Huck stems from his family-man attitude, and it wears on Huck. Though Huck
Dale 4 feels odd caring for a “nigger”, his conscience does not allow him to feel any lesser about Jim. Jim’s concern for Huck’s well-being, his benevolence towards Huck, and his disciplinary attitude all drive Huck to view Jim as a father figure. Works Cited Shrum, Heather M. “The Father-Son Relationship of Jim and Huck in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Inquiries Journal - The International Student Journal, Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse LLC, 2019, . Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . New York: Random House, 1996. Print.
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