What are three examples that show that Miss Watson's Jim represents my American Dream? My American dream is to be the nicest person I possibly can. This includes helping anyone in need and...

What are three examples that show that Miss Watson's Jim represents my American Dream?

My American dream is to be the nicest person I possibly can. This includes helping anyone in need and also being as respectful as I can at all times. These examples have to be broad enough to be able to be quoted twice from the text each.

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MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Not quite sure what you mean about quoting twice, but I'll try to give you some broad examples. Suffice to say, Jim is a great friend to Huck. He is the one character who never leaves or betrays Huck, even when it threatens his own life. When they become separated in the fog, Jim is torn with grief until Huck returns. Jim hides in the swamp near the Grangerfords' for weeks, while Huck lives with them, building a friendship with Huck. Jim politely tolerates Tom and Huck's "requirements" for his rescue, even when frightened (the snakes, spiders, etc.). Finally, Jim risks his freedom to save Tom's life when he's shot, even though it could mean punishment or death for himself.

As for being respectful at all times, Jim certainly shows that (some would suggest to his own detriment). Again, look to Tom and Huck's "rescue" of Jim; he could have escaped any time he wanted, but he deferred to their judgments. Apart from running away originally, Jim shows no disrespect to any character in the book. Also, most readers (I hope) would count the escape to his credit, rather than viewing it as a negative act.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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