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how are huck and jim alike?

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jhubenak10 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM via web

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how are huck and jim alike?

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wildcattmg | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 20, 2011 at 6:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Huck and Jim are both naive and inexperienced when it comes to the "ways of the world". While Jim is much older than Huck, they have both been shielded from the outside world, Huck by his age and Jim by his circumstances.

They are both gullible and supersititious. Jim honestly believes Huck is a ghost when he first sees him on Jackson's Island. Huck, while far more skeptical by nature than Jim, also isn't certain that he can afford not to practice certain superstitious behaviors.

They are both looking to make a new and better life for themselves. Jim is running away in the hopes of finding freedom and a new life to which he can bring his family. Huck is running away to find his true identity, to escape from the life being forced on him by Pap and the Widow Douglas and everyone in his town.

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