pathos: a quality in a work or a portion thereof that makes the reader experience pity, sorrow, or tenderness is called pathos. generally the character is pathetic, helpless, and/or an innocent victim suffering through no fault of their own.
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Jim spends his night watches “moaning and mourning” for his wife and two children. Though “it don’t seem natural,” Huck concludes that Jim loves his family as much as white men love theirs. Jim is torn apart when he hears a thud in the distance that reminds him of the time he beat his daughter Lizabeth for not doing what he told her to do. When he was beating her, Jim didn’t realize that Lizabeth couldn’t hear his instructions because a bout with scarlet fever had left her deaf.