Huck Finn and His Internal Conflict with Slavery
When parents get divorced, each parent can raise his or her child differently, and the child’s beliefs may conflict, as he or she is hearing two different things. This sort of conflicting upbringing is apparent in the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The main character, Huck, originally raised by his father, later goes to live with the Widow Douglas, who tries to “sivilize” Huck. Also in the house lives Miss Watson who owns a slave, Jim. Between Pap, the Widow and Miss Watson, Huck becomes aware of many different ideas and beliefs, especially about slavery. When Huck escapes Pap, he runs into Jim on Jackson Island, where Huck is faced with a moral dilemma. Jim reveals to Huck that he has runaway, but Huck has promised, “not to tell.” Huck agrees to help Jim get to freedom. He sometimes feels that what he is doing is wrong, but other times he looks beyond the fact that Jim is a “n***er” and sees him as his friend. Throughout the novel Huckleberry Finn, Huck faces an internal conflict with his conscience on the topic of slavery.
In the beginning of the novel, Huck goes back and forth between “sivilized” life with the Widow and Miss Watson, and life wi
Huck"tms wanting to help Jim goes against what is accepted by society. Since one of the main reasons Huck rejects to turn in Jim is because of their friendship, Twain develops the internal conflict by strengthening the bond between the two, while at the same time, allowing Huck to have outside hindrances. Throughout most of the story, Huck views Jim as a "ner" and not so much as a person. 48) While Huck decides that he is going to "keep mum" he continues to be faced with his decision "not to tell. This is seen through Jims story about his daughter Lizabeth. Huck"tms "sivilized" side is that which condemns him for helping Jim to escape, while his life with Pap, which does not directly reflect Pap"tms views, yet the fact that Pap does not instill beliefs in Huck that are accepted by society. His influences from society, as well as his bond with Jim allow this conflict to endure. After Tom devises his complex plan to free Jim, and Jim almost gets killed, it is discovered that Jim has been a free man even since Miss Watson died. At first Huck is angered because Jim was his property, and he felt that he was to blame for Jim being sold. ""here was the plain hand of Providence slapping me in the face and letting me know my wickedness was being watched all of the time"" (Pg. Many people must face the same decisions Huck did. While he tries to justify his helping of Jim by saying Jim was the one that run off, not him, his conscience "fights" back. Huck thinks, "What has Miss Watson done to you"" (Pg. After Jim"tms story Huck says, " I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their"tmn.