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What does Jim plan to do when he becomes a free man?

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newusr518 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2007 at 11:48 PM via web

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What does Jim plan to do when he becomes a free man?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 7, 2007 at 1:12 AM (Answer #1)

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What Jim wants most of all after he is free is to buy back his wife and children. He will do so when he reaches Cairo, Illinois, a free state, where he can pursue their freedom in relative safety.

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 8, 2007 at 11:48 AM (Answer #2)

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...and that is why Huck is battling this great internal conflict. In a society that has taught him that slaves are property, he already views helping Jim as stealing from Miss Watson. Then, to sit and listen to Jim talk about buying his wife and stealing his children makes it almost unbearable to Huck. He feels that he would then be stealing from someone he's never met who's never done him any harm. That's why this decision was so tough for him, and why he's reconciled himself to the fact that he's probably going to hell as a result of helping Jim.

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