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Why is Jim so vehement (passionate) in his dislike of King Solomon? Through the stand...

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kellybelly123 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 15, 2010 at 6:11 AM via web

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Why is Jim so vehement (passionate) in his dislike of King Solomon?

Through the stand Jim takes, Twain is making a statement concerning antebellum society’s common stereotype of the slave.  Discuss and elaborate on the style in which the scene is written.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2010 at 6:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Jim is vehement about King Solomon because he thinks that Solomon has made some bad decisions.  Specifically, he thinks having lots of wives would mean that there would be too much noise and commotion and he thinks Solomon should have asked around to find out who the baby belonged to rather than ordering it cut in half.

I think that the statement Twain is making is that slaves had more common sense than they were supposed to have.  I think that he is showing how Jim, though a slave, can think critically about a situation.  I think he is also showing that Jim is not someone who is just going to accept what the authorities tell him.  This is in contrast to the stereotype that said slaves were happy to be slaves and do as they are told.

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