Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The second cultural assumption that Twain has challenged is that blacks aren’t as capable of strong emotions as whites. Twain shows this through Plot.
Plot- The plot of the book is about Huckleberry Finn a young white boy (around the age of 13), who lives with two ladies who try to civilize Huck. In the last book ‘Tom Sawyer’, Huck and Tom find a robbers stash of gold and keep it for themselves. When Hucks Dad, Pap (also the town drunk) finds out about the money, he kidnaps Huck and takes him to across the Mississippi River to a small cabin on the Illinois shore. Huck suffers much abuse from with his time at the cabin with Pap, until he finally fakes his murder and runs away. When Huck runs away he comes across Jim the slave who is also running away as he fears that Mrs Watson, (his owner and Hucks guardian) plans to sell him. Jim was very happy to see Huck still alive as Jim deeply cares for him. Throughout the story Huck and Jim develop a deep bond as they run away down the Mississippi River together. Jim becomes like a father to Huck as he teachers him life lessons and is also very caring and protective of Huck.
An example of this is when Huck and Jim come upon a dead man on the floating house, Jim warns Huck not to look at the man’s face as later in the story readers find out the man was in fact Hucks father, Pap. Jim doesn’t want Huck to know its pap as he doesn’t want him to suffer through the pain of seeing his father dead.
There are endless times in the book where Jim could have left Huck proving that Jim deeply cares for Huck even though it goes against society. Twain rejects the cultural assumption that black people aren’t as capable of strong emotions as whites by showing Jim the slave sensitive and fatherly nature towards Huck, proving that blacks are just as capable as whites of strong emotion.
I think by twain challenging this cultural assumption, its gives the book depth and character.