Chapter Eighteen- Jim

by Rachel Harmon and Gwen McGuth

The Raft as a symbol

“We said there warn’t no home like the raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft” (Twain 128)

“The raft becomes a new world for Huck and Jim, where they can be themselves and make up their own rules by which to live” (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”).

“On the journey down the river, Huck learns that Jim has real feelings” (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”).

Jim as a companion and influence

“It was Jim’s voice--nothing ever sounded so good before” (Twain 128).

“Jim proves to be an invaluable companion as well as a more reliable guide than Huck's schooling and prior experience” (Burt, para. 5).

“As their journey continually separates and reunites Huck and Jim— white and black—is that their fate is intertwined. Their destinies must be worked out in relation to each other” (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”).

“Huck never condemns slavery or racial prejudice in general but seems to find an exception to the rule in Jim” (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”).

“Jim fills a gap in Huck's life: he is the father that Pap is not; he teaches Huck about the world and how it works, and about friendship” (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”).

Frederick Douglass

“For the present, it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro in families as husbands, wives, children...and looking hopefully for life and immortality beyond the grave” (Douglass).


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