Huck and Jim’s Relationship in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The dynamic of Jim and Huck’s relationship is an integral part to understand when reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, especially throughout the second half of the book. Mark Twain forces the reader to relate to the characters in this book through their relationships with family members. Early in the second half of the book, we see the relationship between Jim and his family when Huck explains seeing Jim “moaning and mourning to himself” (226) because of how deeply he misses his wife and his children. This small passage exposes many important aspects of the book including Jim’s value in his family, and Huck’s recognition of Jim’s feelings. The passage also indicates the common and significant difference between the black and white people at this time when Huck says “I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their’n,” (226). Huck often makes observations about Jim such as this, or when he says “he was low and homesick; because he hadn’t ever been away from home before in his life,” (226). Even early in their travels together, Twain shows us in these small ways how strong the relationship between Huck and Jim is. Another specific example of the strength in their relationship is when Huck reminds himself how much they mean to each other after writing a letter to Miss Watson revealing where Jim was after escaping from being her slave. Huck says “I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world and the only one he’s got now,” (262). In subtle and obvious ways, Mark Twain constantly reminds the reader of the strength of Jim and Huck’s connection, which is consequently a defining and vital part of this book.

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