The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Describe Jim's dislike of King Solomon in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  

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In chapter 14, when Huck and Jim are talking about King Solomon, Huck tells Jim that King Solomon "had about a million wives." Jim says he doesn't believe, then, that Solomon was "de wises' man dat ever live" because only a fool would choose to live with the "blimblammin' all de time." Jim says that a wise man would build a "biler-factry" instead, because it could be shut down when he wanted to rest.

Moreover, Jim sees no logic or reason in King Solomon's proposed solution to the two women fighting over a newborn, to divide the newborn with a sword, not understanding that the true mother would never allow that to happen to her son and would give up the baby to the other woman. Jim thinks that if the king had so many wives and children he would not properly value a child's life and would have no problem splitting it in half.

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King Solomon, widely regarded for his incredible wisdom, doesn't hold much esteem in Jim's eyes.  Huck claims that Solomon "was the wisest man" but Jim disagrees stating that the king "had some er de dad-fetchedes' ways I ever see", meaning, the strangest ways.  Jim's reasoning on the story about Solmon threatening to cut the baby in two to see who its real mother was actually makes sense. His first beef with it is that it's a waste of a baby:  "What use is half a chile (child)?  I wouldn't give a dern for a million un um." Secondly, Jim figures that since Solomon has a huge harem of wives, he probably  has "bout five million chillen runnin' around" and so doesn't really care about one potentially being sliced in half since he's got plenty to spare.  Huck think's Jim's reasoning is "the most down on Solomon of any nigger I ever see".  But, Jim's reasons, although unique, do make perfect sense, if you think about it.

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