Discuss the significance of the fog incident and Jim’s interpretation of it.
“The lot of towheads was troubles was troubles we was going to get into with quarrelsome people and all kinds of mean folks, but if we minded our business and didn’t talk back and aggravate them, we would pull through and get out of the fog and into the big clear river, which was free states, and wouldn’t have no more trouble”
Consider the major themes as well as foreshadowing.
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In terms of the plot, the fog incident is important because it prevents Jim from getting to freedom immediately. If it had not been for the fog, Jim might have been able to get ashore in Cairo, Illinois, at which point he would have been free.
When Huck gets Jim to believe that the whole thing is a dream, we are seeing one of the major themes of the book -- Huck's attitude towards Jim as a person and as a black person. He is conflicted in this regard. He knows he's supposed to be better than Jim and so he doesn't mind playing tricks on him. But then his better nature breaks through and he feels bad and apologizes to Jim.
This shows Huck's own nature trying to break through his social conditioning.
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