Essay title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Independent Study Essay
First, Jim shows the quality of being obedient and loyal. This is shown by how Jim stays with Tom Sawyer after he was shot. The doctor that treated Tom described Jimâ€™s actions.
"So there I had to stick plumb until daylight; and I never see a nigger that was a better nuss or faith fuller, and yet he was risking his freedom to do it, and was all tired out too, and I see plain enough heâ€™d been worked main hard lately. I liked the nigger for that. (p. 286) The doctor was describing what an honest, loyal man Jim was. Jim stayed with Tom out of loyalty to Huck. Tom was Huckâ€™s best friend .
He could have left and been free. Instead he sacrificed his freedom out of obedience. This shows how Jim is loyal by what others (the doctor) say about him. Another point that shows how Jim is loyal is when he wears the Arab costume. "He dressed Jim up in Kingâ€™s Leaâ€™s outfit-it was a long curtain-calico gown, and a white horse-hair wig and whiskers; and then he took his theatre paints and painted Jimâ€™s face and hands and ears, and neck, all over a dead dull solid blue, like a man thatâ€™s been drowned nine days. Blamed if he warnâ€™t the horriblest looking outrage I ever see. Then the duke took and wrote a sign on a shingle so: SICK ARAB-BUT HARMLESS WHEN NOT OUT OF HIS HEAD!"Jim could have complained about this arrangement.
But he said nothing and just wore the silly costume. The last point that shows how Jim is loyal is when Jim fixes the raft."â€?She was tore up a good deal-one enâ€™ of her was; but dey warnâ€™t no great harm done, onâ€™y our traps was mosâ€™ all losâ€™. Ef hadnâ€™ diveâ€™ so deep en swum so fur under water, en night hadnâ€™t ben so dark, en we warnt so skâ€™yerd, en ben sich punkin-heads, as de sayinâ€™ is, weâ€™d a seed de rafâ€™. But itâ€™s jisâ€™ as well we didnâ€™t, â€?kase now sheâ€™s all fixed up agâ€™in mosâ€™ as good as new,, en weâ€™s got a new lot oâ€™stuff, in de place oâ€™what â€?uz losâ€™" (p.
112)This quote tells how Jim waited for Huck so they could leave together. He fixed up the raft and risked waiting for Huck. The risk was that the longer Jim stayed on land, the bigger chance he had ofbeing caught. He took that risk by waiting for Huck. This evidence all proves that Jim is a very loyal and obedient person. But thatâ€™s just one of his intriguing qualities.
Jim is a very compassionate person. This is shown through many circumstances. For example, he comforts the King and Duke for the loss of their kingdoms. "Jim pitied him ever so much, and so did I. We tried to comfort him,, but said it warnâ€™t much us, he couldnâ€™t be much comforted.
.." (p. 123)The King and Duke lied and told Jim & Huck that they were past Kings that lost their Kingdoms. Huck saw through their lies, but Jim believed them.
He felt extremely sorry for them and tried to comfort them. Jim shows compassion when he takes Huckâ€™s watch for him."I had the middle watch, you know, but I was pretty sleepy by that time, so Jim.