Mark Twain’s famous novel, Huckleberry Finn, was published in 1855. The story was based off a character that was an ornery and crazy boy, but still had a kind heart. In the time period of the novel it was during the movement of slaves becoming their own people, and regaining their freedom. This was a hard concept for the people of America to accept. The story follows Huck as he helps free Jim, a slave who had escaped due to the fact that he was going to be sold. This idea for a novel was a very different idea, and had been one of the first novels to be publicly banned; yet Mark Twain was at peace with it because he understood it would bring up his sales. Huck Finn has an important moral message throughout the novel, and Huck grows into a man through his actions. The highlight of the novel that truly shows Huckleberry realize that Jim is an equal is in the beginning of the novel, Huckleberry Finn, when he put a snake in Jim’s bed and almost causing his death; he learned that Jim was more important to him than originally thought, Huck also started to try to help Jim more, and brings Jim and Huck even closer together.
Huck learned from his trick that it wasn’t clever to put a dangerous animal into Jim’s bed because he almost killed him, and Huck learned that Jim was more important to him than he realized. At this point of the novel Huck feels close enough to Jim to play pranks on him. Once he sees that he endangers his friends life and begins to feel regret it is evident to the reader that Huck is seeing Jim as an equal, considering that he was a slave that was a big deal. It is stated in the text that Huck was trying to overcome the guilt of his actions by saying it would not have been his fault, yet, there was evidence in his tho…
…er, all because of the trust built from a ridiculous snake prank.
Mark Twain’s text, Huckleberry Finn brought a world of a new generation to life through the actions and thoughts of Huck. It showed the building of the younger generation, by his confusion of Jim’s escape. He thought of how helping Jim was technically stealing property, but the more he got to know Jim he realized that Jim was an equal to himself. This novel brought the idea of slaves being actual people, and brought up forth a lot of arguments also. The characterization of Huck was developed beautifully and probably one of the most important scenes for his moral realization was the scene of the rattlesnake scene. It showed how he had matured through the adventure, and how he didn’t find pranks as funny since it had endangered his friend, and it opened him up for multiple other character changes.