HUCK FINN... HELP!!!.. please

What is Huck's attitude toward Jim at the beginning of the novel? Is Jim portrayed as an individual or a type? Defend your answer.

What does Huck's father criticize about the "govment"? What does Twain want the reader to feel about these issues?

How is this for the 1st question....

Huck treats Jim as if he is property rather than an individual. Huck has a racial attitude and is completely careless about what happens to Jim. He shows no respect toward Jim just because Jim is black. Jim is treated as a stereotype by Huck and by many other Caucasians in Huck’s community who believe that all slaves are a piece of property, don’t deserve any rights, and should be treated badly.

I just need to know what Huck does in the beginning of the book to prove that he shows no respect toward Jim.

ok, I think what Huck does is that when Tom tells him what he did to Jim, Huck doesn't feel bad for Jim and tells stories about him that make him sound crazy. He also calls him "!@#$%^&er" several times, yet non-slave characters are referred to respectfully.

For the second question:
Huck’s father criticizes the “govment” about taking Huck away from him. He doesn’t believe that they should take away his son when he has had “all the trouble, all the anxiety, and all the expense of raising.” He criticizes the “govment” because he believes that they do not give humans enough rights. He sarcastically calls the government “wonderful” when he complains that the “govment” decided to let a black guy vote one time and he also complains that he can not legally be sold into slavery until he has spent six months in Missouri.

All I need to know now is What does Twain want the reader to feel about these issues?



http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/huckfinn/

Be sure to read through the Context section, as well as the section called Analysis of Major Characters.

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