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Nick Goodyear
Huck Finn/Damned Human Race Assignment
Ms. Reisinger
3 December 2013

Huck Finn
Our protagonist is innocent, being at such a young age, but this innocence opens a window into a more free-thinking mind.  We see Huck Finn’s mind is one that hasn’t been totally corrupted by society quite yet.  Huck doesn’t have many of the attributes that Twain describes because he hasn’t been as exposed to them as others in the time may have been.  For example, Huck is not one of the foolish ones, as many others in the novel are.  Huck’s decisions are morally correct but would seem incorrect to the vast white society.  That white society contains some of the people that Mark Twain sees as foolish.  Huck also ends up not being a religious animal that Twain says so much of the Human Race is.  Huck struggles between the choice of sending Jim back to Miss Watson or stealing him once more out of slavery.  He thinks that sending Jim back is the option that is more likely to get him into heaven, but he decides against it and says, “All right, I’ll go to hell!”  Huck can sympathize for Jim as he himself is trying to achieve freedom for himself too.  He and Jim both are escaping, Huck from his father, Miss Watson, and the widow and Jim from slavery in general.  This makes Huck understand where Jim is coming from.  While Huck can sympathize for Jim, as he sees that he is a “good nigger”, the fact that he even calls him a “good nigger” implies that most other blacks are bad.   While Huck is able to see past Jim’s skin color and see him as a respectable human being, it doesn’t mean Huck now views the entire black population that way.  Mark Twain’s point in “The Damned Human Race” about how he can teach animals to live together is exemplified at least once by Huck, when Huck says that no one was hurt on the steamboat, it only “killed a nigger.”  While Huck is capable of being a free-thinker, he isn’t perfect because society did start to make a mark on Huck.  But Huck is just a...