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Huckleberry Finn Relationships Analysis

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Since the beginning of time, man has longed to share in a relationship with another. This desire for a partner and friend still shows itself to be a relevant factor in everyday life and behavior. Consciously or subconsciously, no one wants to live alone. It is not by chance that the characters of Jim and Huck are as they are; Twain deliberately designed each person so that they brought out the best in each other. Through Huck Finn do we not only see the rounded character of Jim, but the developing moral side of Huck as well. As the novel progresses, Jim feels comfortable and safe enough with Huck; thus, we begin to see the intellectual, and emotional sides of Jim. ...read more.


After Jim and Huck are separated in the fog in chapter fifteen, Jim feels that he must "'terpret it, because it was sent for a warning"(Pg. 85). Jim paints an elaborate picture including every detail of the events, and revealing the meaning of each sign. Similarly, Huck is not shown the emotional side of his friend, until on the raft. After Huck returns to the raft, Jim explains that his "heart wuz mos' broke bekase you wuz los'....En when I wake up en fine you back ag'in, all safe en soun', de tears come..."(Pg. 86). He makes Huck feel so bad that he humbles himself to Jim, and apologizes, which was unheard of in the nineteenth century. ...read more.


Yet after the letter is on paper, he was torn "betwixt two things", giving Jim back, or setting him free (Pg. 214). After contemplating his predicament for a short time, he decides to set Jim free, and go against to status quo. This is the major turning point for Huck, and also his changing moral climax, by this point he is one hundred percent set in his standards, having Jim rub off on him, even when they are miles apart at this point in the novel. Throughout the novel, the relationship between Huck and Jim progressively blossoms into a beautiful friendship. An invisible tie between everyone, yet distinctively measurable, relationships unveil the sides of man that he himself does not know exist. This life is not about gaining material possessions, but to make as many relationships as possible. As Iron Sharpens Iron ...read more.

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