"ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, THE".
Examines novel's views on slavery (including views of Frederick Douglass on slavery), freedom, morality, innocence & education.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story of Jim, the slave who travels with Huck down the river, may derive some of its underlying reality... more
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story of Jim, the slave who travels with Huck down the river, may derive some of its underlying reality from slave narratives, but the novel can by no means be considered a slave narrative itself. For one thing, Jim is not the main character, and indeed his sensibility is always filtered through that of Huck, who speaks in the first person and who observes Jim and other characters. In addition, the novel is more about the issue of how Huck comes to terms with the meaning of slavery from a white point of view, and Huck's innocence is an important aspect of both his personality and his learning experience with Jim.
Completely innocent characters in fiction are often used by writers as a way of creating an ironic comment on the society in which they live, a society the innocent may not understand but