She is the slave owner who vigorously fights to set a white slave free The

She is the slave owner who vigorously fights to set a

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She is the slave-owner who vigorously fights to set a white slave free. The widow partially redeems herself at the end of the novel when it is revealed that she has released Jim from his slavery. Miss Watson’s version of Heaven is a place where the inhabitants spend their days walking around with a harp in their hands, singing. The entry requirements to her heaven are however, as Huck observes in chapter 3, extremely selective. It is not a place for “a poor chap”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.21) and if Miss Watson “got him there warn't no help for him” ( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.21). This last comment is contradictory since it uses the combination of the word “there”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.21), a reference to heaven, and “warn't no help for him any more”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.21), which implies something bad. Poor people are punished in Miss Watson’s heaven, and Huck’s “there”(Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, p.21) is her version of hell . The total moral emptiness of Miss Watson's religion is best demonstrated, however, in chapter 1, when she fetched the niggers in”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.7) for a evening prayer. Like the widow, Miss Watson, as a good Christian, honors religious customs, yet at the same time she sees nothing wrong with owning slaves. According to Christopher Luse (2007), Miss Watson’s evening prayers with the slaves was not just a
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