Who is Jim, and what is Twain's intention in introducing him in a typical American home of Missouri?

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The character of Jim the slave adds a certain local color to Twain's portrayal of life in the antebellum South. Slavery was an intrinsic part of Southern society and so it would've been impossible to write about this part of the world at that time without referring in some way to what was euphemistically described as "the peculiar institution."

That said, Jim's not a very important character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It's only later on, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , that he'll become much more substantial. But for now, he's little more than a crude...

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