Huck Finn - Jim as Huck's True Father

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Huckleberry Finn is the main character in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Huck has a father who drinks all of the time, a very dirty home, and a mother who died that he never got to meet. Huck is a very good liar, he steals, and he doesn't have any respect for rules. He tires to get out of breaking rules by using technicalities, but this doesn't bother Huck at all. Huck is not an evil person, though. He believes in personal freedom, which is something that he never really has had.

Jim is another character in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Jim also has to deal with many problems that society has with him. The largest one is that he is a slave. Jim, though, is also a modest person. He would do anything to help someone. Huck realizes this and starts to think of Jim as equal to him.

Huck would do anything for Jim. Even though Jim is a slave, he thinks people are equal. He doesn't base his opinion of people on their skin color.

Jim and Huck both have lived life very hard. They both have their great moments and their bad moments, but over all life is not all it is cracked up to be. Huck has to live with a horrendous father who hits Huck when he is drinking. And Jim has to live with the idea that his family is considered lower then everyone else because they are slaves. He has to live with the fact that his family can be bought or sold whenever the owner feels like it. Huck and Jim must work together to get away from the society that forced them to live the life they had, and move to a place where everyone...