Jim's Role

in Huckleberry Finn: Chapter 19

Throughout the Chapter:

-Once Huck is back on the raft with Jim, they go back to their ways of relaxing and doing as they please.

-Jim believed what the Duke and King were saying about being royalty very easily, only questioning it once. This shows how gullible he can be.

-Huck still follows Jim’s emotions throughout the Duke and King’s explanations, only saying that he didn’t believe them later. Even though he didn’t believe them, he went along with Jim’s thoughts and did as he did through the explanations.

-Huck's allowing Jim to continue to believe the duke and the king shows that even though he trusts him more and considers him human, he still feels that he is in a position of superiority.

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Jim's Equality

“I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave's point of view. Standing there identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America.is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”


Jim's Naivete

"Jim is a gentle and loyal person; he is not vengeful, he does not hate, he cannot cheat or trick another. He fears and evades violence, but he does not commit violence—as do so many of the characters in this book, whether as individuals or with the clan or mob."

Doc and Works Cited

Brownell, Frances V. "The Role of Jim in Huckleberry Finn." Boston Studies in English 1 (1955): 74-83. Rpt. in Literature Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.


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