Up until he spends extended time with Jim, Huck unthinkingly accepts the racism he has learned all his life. He has been taught that black people are objects that can rightfully be owned and that it is a sin to favor the humanity of a black slave against the property rights of a white slave owner.
However, as he gets to know Jim, Huck realizes all the ways Jim has treated him kindly and humanly. In fact, Jim is the father figure Huck has never had. His own father, a violent alcoholic, has neglected and abused him, not showing him love or caring and treating him as a threat he has to lock up and control. In contrast, Jim continually treats Huck with kindness. For example, Jim will let Huck go on sleeping when it is his turn for the watch, an act of empathy of the kind Huck never experienced from his own father. He knows how deeply Jim loves his own children, and Huck remembers words of affection and caring coming from Jim: Jim calls him "honey," for example.
Dozens of small acts of...
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