Was Jim of 'Huckleberry Finn' a Hero? As part of the NPR series, "In Character," we take a look at the enslaved character, Jim, in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Was he a stereotype or a hero?
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Was Jim of 'Huckleberry Finn' a Hero?

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Was Jim of 'Huckleberry Finn' a Hero?

Was Jim of 'Huckleberry Finn' a Hero?

Was Jim of 'Huckleberry Finn' a Hero?

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Boxer Archie Moore acting in the film, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Grey Villet/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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As part of the NPR series, "In Character," we take a look at the enslaved character, Jim, in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — one of the most controversial novels in American literature.

Was Jim a stereotype or a hero?

For more on the much-debated portrayal of the classic American character, Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Shelley Fisher Fishkin, director of American studies and professor of English at Stanford University.

Plus, we hear readings from the book by actors Daniel Gray ("Huck") and Voltaire Rico Sterling ("Jim").