Huck Finn- Relationship between Huck and Jim

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In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck is a character that lives pre civil war in a time where slavery and society are two main issues. In the beginning of the novel Huck rebels against being civilized by Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas, as well as the abuse from his father by running away to the river. On Huck's adventure toward freedom with Jim, the run away slave, Huck actually becomes more mature and civilized while living on the river. Huck's life on the river seems to change his moral views of Jim as not a slave but a person, and companion on their journey.

When the novel first takes place you can see how society's views of black people have influenced Huck. We first see this when Huck and Tom sneak out of the house and play a trick on Jim by taking his hat while he's asleep and putting it in a tree branch over his head.

Huck constantly plays pranks on Jim throughout their journey. It shows that Huck's view of Jim is more like something to joke around with and not something to respect due to his skin color.

When Huck and Jim find each other on Jackson Island it seems as if it's a dream like setting. Huck who had broke away from the pressure of society and Jim who is also longing to be free and be able to have a say have both come together in search for freedom. Both of them are viewing their freedom differently though. Jim aspires to be with his family, and have the freedom of a normal person. Huck's freedom is all about personal freedom to escape the rules, do what he wants and live an adventure.

The river is Huck's world for an...