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A Relationship that Defies Society in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain paints the story of a developing friendship between two entirely different people which at the time society considered unacceptable and taboo. Huckleberry Finn is a white thirteen year old boy and Jim is a middle-aged black runaway slave. They meet by coincidence while they are both hiding out on Jackson’s Island located in the middle of the Mississippi River, Huck is hiding from the townspeople who think he is dead, and Jim has runaway and is hiding from his owner. Throughout their journey together, Huck and Jim’s relationship goes from them being mere acquaintances, then to friends, then to them having a father and son relationship. When Huck and Jim first meet each other on the island…show more content…
This is what gives Huck the opportunity to trust in Jim and see him as a human being instead of just property. The quote also symbolizes how the river is a symbol of calmness and ease, and a place of no worries. After being together on the raft, and experiencing many adventures together they eventually become friends and are loyal to each other. The friendship between Huck and Jim is constantly changing with the events going on in the story .When they stumble upon the dead body of a man who has been shot in the back, Jim states, “De man ain’t asleep—he’s dead. You hold still—I’ll go en see... It’s a dead man. Yes, indeedy; naked, too. He’s ben shot in de back. I reck’n he’s ben dead two er three days. Come in, Huck, but doan’ look at his face—it’s too gashly” (Twain 38). A strong bond has to have formed between Huck and Jim for Jim to say this. He is trying to protect Huck from seeing a dead body. He does not want Huck to see something that is that terrible. Instead he investigates the dead body himself, then tells Huck he should not look at it as a way to protect him from seeing more of the evil and sadness that exists in the world. When Huck discovered that people were coming after Jim he frantically tries to alert and wake up Jim. "Git up and hump yourself, Jim! There ain't a minute to lose. They're after us!" (Twain ). The fact that Huck said that they are after “us”, when they are actually just after Jim shows that
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