Huck Finn and Freedom on the River

While floating down the Mississippi, Huck and Jim get separated because of a fog. They try locating each other by calling to each other using whooping noises and eventually Huck finds Jim again while he is asleep and once Jim awakes, Huck tries to convince Jim everything that happened was a dream. After fooling Jim for a while, Jim finally realizes that Huckleberry was simply tricking him and he feels "ashamed." Jim walks away from Huck visually upset. Huck's next actions were almost miraculous compared to the world he lived in, "It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way" (Twain 116.) Up until that moment, all that Huck had learned in his life was that African Americans were not human and did not possess emotions, intelligent thoughts, and were rarely anything more than just a body. For Huckleberry to apologize to Jim means a few very import



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