Huckleberry Finn Relationship

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In the post-Civil War era, the South attempts to regain power by controlling and oppressing black men and woman. At the time, Mark Twain, a prominent writer, changes his views on slavery once he marries his wife, Olivia. Soon enough, Twain decides to become an abolitionist and begins to write The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. However, Twain stops writing the novel since he found inspiration to write other novels, and he knew that the context of the novel will not fit in well with society. Due to financial issues and the death of his son and wife, Mark Twain struggles in completing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In 1882, Twain takes a steamboat ride to Minnesota with a stop in Hannibal. His visit inspires him to persevere through his…show more content…
At first, Huck views Jim as just being Miss Watson’s slave, but as time progresses, Huck’s insight of Jim gradually develops. It changes into a caring and loving friendship between the two where Huck will do anything as long as Jim is with him. For example, as Huck returns to the canoe after running away from the Duke and the King, he sees that Jim is missing. Huck states “I set up a shout—and then another—and then another one; and run this way and that in the woods, whooping and screeching; but it warn’t no use—old Jim was gone. Then I set down and cried; I couldn’t help it. But I couldn’t set still long. Pretty soon I went out on the road, trying to think what I better do.” (191-192) Huck is devastated after seeing Jim missing, even to the point that he screams and cries about Jim. Knowing that he cannot just stand there feeling depressed and lonely, Huck decides to clear his mind by walking on the road, trying to develop a plan as to what his next actions are to rescue Jim. Huck’s action show that Jim means a lot to him, and Huck will risk everything to get Jim back. In addition, Huck is in a moral dilemma where he must determine if he wants to give up Jim’s location or continue to go down the current path that they are on now. Huck writes a letter to Miss Watson and reveals Jim’s location, but chooses to tear the letter up after thinking about what Jim has done for him. Huck states that he sees Jim “standing my watch on top of his 'n, 'stead of calling me, so I could go on sleeping; and see him how glad he was when I come back out of the fog; and when I come to him again in the swamp, up there where the feud was; and such-like times; and would always call me honey, and pet me and do everything he could think of for me, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had small-pox aboard, and he was
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