The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn: Conflict With Social Authority



"It was according to the old saying, 'give a [African-American] an inch and
he'll take an ell.'…Here was this [African-American] which I had as good as
helped to run away, coming right out flat-footed and saying he would steal
his children - children that belonged to a man I didn't even know; a man
that hadn't ever done me no harm"(Twain, pg. 98)

Despite the fact Huckleberry Finn (Huck) is a 12-13 year old boy,
one can't help but realize the hypocrisy in this statement that he said to
himself. It is hypocritical because what he is accusing Jim (the "African-
American") of (stealing children from somebody he didn't even know) is the
exact same thing slave owners did when they brought ...

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relationship with social authority and the
hypocrisy in their actions.
Huck has a "desire" to turn in Jim a few times in the book. One
instance is when they are on their way to Cairo and they think they see it.
Huck takes the canoe by himself to talk to this "police" boat that patrols
the area. He plans to turn in Jim, but Jim keeps on saying how much Huck
means to him. Huck says, "I was paddling off, all in a sweat to tell on
him; but when he says this, it seemed kind of take the tuck all out of me…I
warn't right down certain whether I was glad I started or whether I
warn't."(Twain, pg. 99). The last sentence of this quote shows that Huck
doesn't know what to do. He can either turn in Jim, and disregard
everything he has done, or he can help Jim and acknowledge all he has done.
Another example of this conflict is when Huck is planning to write
a letter to Miss Watson telling where Jim is. He debates whether or not he
should mail it and ultimately rips it up. After ...

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