How does Huck feel about playing the trick on Jim?Comment: “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I wasn’t sorry for it...

How does Huck feel about playing the trick on Jim?

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“It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I wasn’t sorry for it afterwards, neither “

How does this state contribute to the overall meaning of the novel?

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Obviously, given the quote, he feels somewhat bad about playing the trick.

The way this contributes to the overall meaning is by further showing how conflicted Huck is about society and its values, particularly with regard to race and slavery.

During much of this book, Huck is helping Jim to get away from being enslaved.  This shows that he thinks of this slave, at least, in a different way than society does.  However, at the same time, he does not really think of Jim as his equal.  This conflict between Huck's natural inclination to help Jim and respect him and his societal values of white supremacy and slavery is one of the major themes of the book.

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