Re: Huckleberry Finn/ chapters 1-6
Yes, I can see that Jim has a slave mentality. He was only running away because he didn't want to be sold on, not to escape his plight.
I'm not halfway through the book yet, so I shouldn't criticise until I've read it.
Well, in my copy there is a disclaimer by Mark Twain - which I posted on one of the threads, saying the book was solely for entertainment - no message. So it is the story of the boys' adventures.....as it would have been, if they had befriended a totally stupid slave. I have been thinking just this morning, that at the very beginning, when Huck and Tom were hiding in the garden.....Jim was quite assertive then. So perhaps Mark Twain was showing what fear can do to a person. And also how, any kind of status (even that of a house slave) can instil confidence.......Yes, that's what I'm going to think, so that I can carry on enjoying the book.