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I can easily tell that Huck is a rebellious type of teenager who speaks in a humorous way. His perspective of society is completely different which is indicated by the Widow Douglas trying to “Sivilize” him. It seems like Huck is open to learning new things, he won’t accept anything as the truth without reasoning or logic. It leads me to think that society’s expectations or standards will not interfere with the way he chooses to live his life. It leads me to think that Huckleberry Finn is thoughtful young man who is open to questioning things.Throughout this section, we see how many hardships and abuses Huck must face. His life consists of  several institutions and people who are trying to help him yet they all fail because they don’t align with his perspective of society, but he doesn’t let that phase him and continues to act like himself. Huck’s family and the legal system are unable to protect him or give him an answer that he is satisfied with. It seems like Huck has to be dependent on himself to protect himself as well as provide his own answers to his questions.I feel like this prank that Huck played on Jim will foreshadow that life on this journey that they will embark on won’t be as good as it seems. This island is obviously not safe for them. However it also emphasizes the special relationship between Huck and Jim. Huck acts like  a child and as a result of Huck’s actions, Jim gets hurt. I feel like this incident is another reminder that no matter what Jim and Huck do, they are always plagued by the threat of danger. Risks of cruelty, violence, and powerlessness at the hands of the white man  are apparent everywhere they go. Whenever Huck tries to act in a manner similar to how Tom would act, chaos ensues and he finds himself in trouble. At the same time, Tom’s experiences and journeys are all based off of the books he read, fictional books that really have no credibility to him. I think Tom always has to find the more complex way in order to create a bigger adventureI feel like at this point in the story marks a shift in tone. At the beginning, we are introduced to Huck’s character, a very cunning and witty kid, and his schemes and pranks. This is the first time where Huck acknowledges his callousness towards Jim and begins to think of him more as an equal. At the same time, it’s sad how Jim thinks of Huck as a family member and deeply cares for him while Huck can’t imagine that. I would like to see Huck be able to return those strong feelings that Jim has for him.Despite the fact that his conscious is telling him to turn Jim in, Huck’s morals prevents him from speaking to turn him in. Since the concept of slavery is a huge topic in this book and Huck feels because Jim is Miss Watson’s “property” this ethical force is personal. Huck’s quick thinking and wit saves Jim’s life and emphasizes how the dynamic and relationship between Jim and Huck has changed greatly.I found it very ironic that the Grangerfords, who are in the middle of an almost civil war with the Shepherdson, for reasons that no one knows, approve of a sermon about brotherly love. Both warring sides of the family respect each other, yet they are fighting a fight that they don’t know the purpose to. While Jim is a kind and understanding character, even he notices that the Duke and the King are very selfish and depend off of an immoral lifestyle. However despite acknowledging their flaws, he still chooses to see the goodness in them and trust them. He accepts the con men’s stories and believes that they are really a Duke and a King. This really shows the kindness of Jim and how he is a truly good character. Sherburn points out the hypocrisy of the mob by lecturing them on their false sense of empowerroup by being in a mob and evaluating everyone as individuals too. He points the difference between himself, a man, and everyone in the mob, cowards. Despite the fact that he is a murderer, it seems that he is the only person in the town who actually makes sense and is logical.At first, the scams of the “Duke” and the “King” seemed funny and harmless, but now they are malicious, cruel, and personal. Even Huck is mature enough to know the extremeness of this scam to their previous ones. He is able to see how the wickedness in their scams to defraud the Wilks family is on a completely different level because they are taking advantage of a grieving family who suffered a recent loss. Not only are they stealing the property of the will, but they are also stealing the identities of the loved ones of the passed. I found it ironic that when the one instance when the king was telling the truth no one believes him, yet everyone falls for his schemes and cons. I feel like it emphaszies how mislead the society set in the book is on in general. I’m glad Huck decided to do the morally correct thing and try to prevent the two con artists from taking advantage of a grieving family consisting of young girls. I think that this passage marks the shift in Huck’s moral development and shows how his character has changed overall. He decides he would rather undermine society’s expectations and do the opposite of what society has taught him than do the “correct” thing and betray his own inclinations and feelings. He believes that harming Jim and putting him in a worse situation is a worse fate than being condemned to hell. Slavery has twisted the values of Christianity in the south to a point that liberating someone who is considered property is considered a bad, immoral thing. Despite all of the times that the Duke and King have wronged Jim and Huck, Huck feels like he should have taken some form of action to save them. It only emphasizes his commitment to the idea of liberty and freedom over what society considers to be just and fair. He wants to save them because he knows that human beings are essentially cruel in nature. Being covered in tar and feathers does seem like an excessively cruel punishment. What happened to the eighth amendment- aren’t the people of the town violating that? However, Hucke feels empathy for the two con men, and finds forgiveness for them in his heart.Tom’s plan is stupid. While his plan may have “style,”  it’s impractical and imprisons Jim for a longer period that he needs to be. I’m not sure why Huck feels that Tom’s plan is a great idea; it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Also I know that Twain’s purpose of bringing back Tom was to lighten up the tone and add the element of humor, but the book is slowly shifting gears and being centered around Tom. As I reader, I can understand the humorous aspect of Tom’s plan, but all I really want is for Jim to be free. Just by the way Tom seems to be crafting Jim’s escape plain and the way that he hints at Jim being “less than,” Tom’s intentions are clearly not the same as Huck’s. Huck wants to save Jim out of the kindness of his own heart and because Jim has been his great friend. To Tom, Jim is a prop that can be manipulated and twisted to be some character that he can use for his own entertainment. It’s like he is trying to recreate the books he reads all at the expense of Jim’s freedom. While he is helping Jim achieve his freedom, he is also imprisoning him by forcing him to have to go through some crafted, excessive escape plan. And Huck’s failure to acknowledge this idea of dehumanizing Jim to a prop makes me question his development that he had previously made. I find the behavior of the Phelps family to be a bit hypocritical. They understand that Jim has his needs and realize that he is human,  which is shown by their compassion by caring after him. Yet, they force him to be imprisoned in the corrupt institution of slavery. They are oblivious to the fact by the empathy they treat Jim with contradicts the idea of slavery, especially in the South.As I was reading this part of the book, I think the main purpose is just to add a humorous element because the themes going on in this book can be very dark. It’s funny that while they are devising the plan on how to help Jim escape, they have to temporarily free Jim so they can get all of the materials they need to free Jim. Also we see how Huck idolizes Tom – to the point where he cannot think logically or reasonably. It says a lot about Jim’s character that he had the opportunity to take advantage of being temporarily freed to not escape, but it also shows how tightly bound he his to Tom’s plan.Honestly, at this point Tom’s plans and schemes aren’t funny to the reader anymore. Not only does he terrorize his own family, but it could potentially jeopardize the success of saving and liberating Jim. It’s very irresponsible and idiotic. Like I’ve said before, Tom is so obsessed with the books he’s been reading that he is trying to replicate these fictional scenarios in real life. For him, it’s a game, and Jim is just a token in the game. For Huck, who genuinely cares about Jim, it’s about risking his life and reputation in society to free a very good friend from a cruel, inhumane institution.Huck’s statement of knowing that Jim points out how he considers Jim to be an equal, but also insinuates that people who are black inside are bad. Huck is able to not let society’s views and standards prevent him from seeing Jim’s basic humanity.  However, he fails to acknowledge that black people are human too; he blindly follows society’s beliefs that in order to be human, one must be white. I feel like Twain purposely to criticize the South’s one sided thinking that lacked logic and reason. Huck with Tom and Huck without Tom are two completely different people. Without Tom with him, Huck is restored to being this morally guided person. He sees the pain in Aunt Sally and acts against his own wishes and impulses to go find Tom. Huck is able to empathize with Aunt Sally, which reminds me of how Huck was before Tom was reintroduced into the story. Tom has a personality that dominates everyone elses’ and he ends up stealing the show. He is a great friend to Huck, but is obviously not a good influence on Huck. Also, I feel like Aunt Sally, other than Jim, is the closest parental figure Huck has.At first, I was shocked to see Tom’s change in heart from considering Jim as a slave and as property by his insistance of Jim’s freedom. I originally thought it was because of Jim’s actions by risking his freedom and life to help nurse Tom. Then, I continued to read, and I was astonished. Jim was already a free man- so the purpose of Tom’s plan was for his own game purposes. He risked Jim and Huck’s lives to concoct a real life adventure, based off of his obsession, fictional books, for his own pleasure. He delayed the process of Jim’s freedom, and continued to treat Jim like a slave even though he was free. Tom had nothing to lose though, he was helping free a man who was already free. No wonder, Tom agreed so easily to help out Huck and Jim. I love how Twain ended it the way he started the book; people attempting to civilize Huck, but he won’t budge and continues to be the free spirit that he is. Through the adventure, he’s learned a lot of things and refuses to go back to living in a society and trying to fight into the norms and expectations. He decides he is going to be in fate of his own freedom and life, by heading to a place that has no structure and laws and half-built, a place that’s perfect for him. It’s a place where a person can easily adapt and make his own rules that abide his own morals and most importantly his heart.


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