English 3 Accelerated
04 January 2018
Mark Twains’ Huckleberry Finn portrays how poorly slaves were treated throughout history while they try to defeat all of the conquests life has in store for them during their lives. Throughout the story he uses characterization, metaphors, and many other types of figurative language. Huck often called Jim degrading names throughout the story when he became frustrated with him. The slaves also had to do tasks that a typical person would do. In the duration of the story Jim, the black slave, was treated poorly especially by Huckleberry. Typically the treatment of slaves was unbearable, slaves owners commanded Jim around in particular since he was a little slower than Huck the average white child. Mark Twain wrote this book to portray life around the Mississippi River somewhere between the 1830s and 40s.
In the 1800s it was normal for slaves to be treated as a lesser than a white male. As stated in Reversing the curse: slavery, child abuse, and Huckleberry Finn Jenifer Elmore and Dale Girardi “Jim wants to prevent Huck—the only white “cover” that Jim has in his flight from slavery—from returning home and thus diminishing his chances for successful escape.” (Elmore and Girardi) based on the fact when Jim found a body lying in the river who happened to be Huckleberry’s father.
“De man ain’t asleep—he’s dead. You hold still—I’ll go en see.
He went, and bent down and looked, and says:
“It’s a dead man. Yes, indeedy; naked, too. He’s been shot in de back. I reck’n he’s ben dead two er three days. Come in, Huck, but doan’ look at his face—it’s too gashly.”
I didn’t look at him at all. Jim throwed some old rags over him, but he needn’t done it; I didn’t want to see him.” (Twain 78).
This proves that slaves are not as incompetent as people make them seem. Jim knew that Huck would be upset when he found out that Pap was the one who had been dead naked in the river.