The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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From ignorance to love, Huck and Jim 's relationship changes drastically throughout the beloved story, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. This classic story takes place mainly along the Mississippi river, where an unlikely friendship is formed. Huck is a mischievous teen living with Widow Douglas when he is first introduced to Jim as her sister’s slave. Their relationship grows as they find themselves journeying down the river and relying on and protecting each other. Undoubtedly, these qualities among others define true friendship. In a time period where race is the deciding factor on relationships, Huck and Jim briefly and bravely step out of societal norms and form true friendship, although they struggle to maintain it when forced to face society head on.
The base of Huck and Jim 's friendship is the love that Jim begins to feel for Huck and his desire to protect him. When the pair first find themselves floating down the river, Jim is portrayed as gullible and submissive as is his typical role as a slave. As the journey continues, Jim and Huck are forced to rely on one another for safety and all previous racial conceptions disappear. For the first time in his life, Jim is free to act and speak as he pleases. As the older and more mature partner in the adventure, Jim begins to take on a protective role. As the story continues, Jim’s affection for and desire to protect Huck only grows stronger. He expresses his feelings by referring to him as Honey and…
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