Chapter XXVIII: Jim's Silent Role
George Baughan, Joe Dolan, and Evan Quinn.
Huck's Moral Conflict
But at the same time, Huck says that the "truth is better, and actuly safer, than a lie" (200)
So, Huck decides to "up and tell the truth this time, though it does seem most like setting down on a kag of powder and touching it off... (200).
Critic Cassandra L. Smith discusses Jim's role for Huck
“He is a foil for Huck, designed to bring him closer to his own humanity, and he is an illustration of the kinds of social maneuvers African Americans adopted to navigate a larger hostile world. Most critics have determined that Jim's defining feature is the mask he wears, through which he wits his way to freedom.” (Smith para 2)