is wrong for Jim to steal his children, because from the society’s standpoint Jim’s children are properties of that man. Even though it is Jim’s own son, from what Huck learned, slaves are properties. He doesn’t feel right stealing from a man who has not done any harm on him. What
has that man done to Huck that he would steal his properties from him? At the latter part of the novel, when Tom and Huck took some sheet and white shirt from the clothes line. Huck says, “I called it borrowing, because that was what pap always called it; but Tom said it warn’t borrowing, it was stealing” (Twain 308). According to Pap, it is okay to ‘borrow’ as long as they are going to pay it back someday. It has influenced Huck’s decision, for instance at the beginning of the novel, when Huck and Jim took some watermelon, corn and other food. Also, at the same time, Miss Watson also influenced his decision that time. Since, Miss Watson said that it is called stealing, Jim and Huck decided to take out other things to make it feel right. Huck’s sense of morality is based on the laws of the Southern society, Pap and things he learned from Miss Watson. Due to the growing friendship of Huck and Jim, Huck’s moral viewpoints changed from what the society thinks to what he, himself, thinks is right and wrong. During the time when Jim says to Huck, “Jim won’t ever forgit you, Huck; you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now” (Twain 115). Jim feels thankful to Huck for helping him. When Jim said that Huck is the only friend, Huck feels more confuse on what he should do. He thinks that
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