Huck and Jim continue to re-enter society through feuds intruding on the river, scouting for adventures, and people who they must follow back to society, due to the web of lies Huck has created. If they were not to follow these people, the people would discover them for who they were, forcing them back on the run, revealing neither were dead, and taking away their freedom created by their deaths. Society intrudes on them through the King and the Duke, the bandits on the crashed steamboat, and the men who think Jim has smallpox
People will call me a low down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum-but that don’t make no difference. Chapter 20. The duke and king ask Huck and Jim if Jim is a runaway slave.
Huck and Jim continue down the river. Huck takes them a mile downstream to safety. One man is about seventy, bald, with whiskers, and the other about thirty. Having heard each other’s stories, the two men, both professional con artists, decide to team up. The younger man declares himself an impoverished English duke and gets Huck and Jim to wait on him and treat him like royalty. Jim’s reemergence on the raft and the encounter with the duke and the dauphin illustrate the shifting power dynamics between blacks and whites as Huck and Jim move further down the river. Jim’s use of Huck’s whiteness to threaten his fellow black men shows how corrupting racism and the slave system can be.
By allowing Huck to tell his own story, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn addresses America's painful contradiction of racism and segregation in a "free" and "equal" society. The men, one around 70 and the other around 30 years old, join Huck and Jim on the raft. Each man quickly discovers that they both are con artists, and they decide to work together. Shortly after their agreement, the youngest breaks into tears and claims that he is the Duke of Bridgewater and must be treated with respect. After a thoughtful moment, the oldest uses the same tactic and claims to be the Dauphin, the rightful heir to the French throne.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In a way, it provides a space for Huck and Jim to get to know each other man-to-man rather than master-to-slave. As Huck says, "w. et her float wherever the current wanted her to; then we lit the pipes, and dangled our legs in the water, and talked about all kinds of things-we was always naked, day and night, whenever the mosquitoes would let us" (1. ). Floating down the middle of the river (and naked) just might be the only place this black man and white boy can speak together as equals. And that makes it a pretty important symbol.
Huck convinces Jim to tie the raft to the boat and climb on board. They are surprised to hear voices, which Huck goes to investigate. There are three robbers on board, two of whom have tied up the third man. Apparently the bound man had threatened to turn them all in to the state. One of the robbers wants to kill him immediately, but the other man restrains him. The two men finally decide to kill their partner by leaving him on the boat and waiting until it sinks. At this news, Huck scrambles back to rejoin Jim. Together they discover that their raft has come untied and floated away.
Huck and Jim have several different costumes while on the raft. These all represent, at various points, the pair's ability to adapt stories to any situation, as well as their inability to escape the influence of society. Later, when the duke and dauphin come, Huck dresses as a British valet (or at least the way they imagine on might dress). This allows him to come ashore with the criminals
Huckleberry "Huck" Finn is a fictional character created by Mark Twain who first appeared in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and is the protagonist and narrator of its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He is 12 or 13 years old during the former and a year older ("thirteen or fourteen or along there", Chapter 17) at the time of the latter. Huck also narrates Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective, two shorter sequels to the first two books.