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In desperate need of a father figure Huck the title character in Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn connects with a runaway slave named Jim A father is someone who thinks of the child before himself and loves unconditionally Hucks biological father Pap does not possess these qualities but his friend Jim does Even though their meeting is a coincidence Jim and Huck develop a type of relationship while on their journey to freedom that is uncommon during the period of the 1840sIt is natural for a father to love his son and a son to love his father but in the case of Huck and Pap there is no love Pap is a user He sees Huck as his possession and believes that he can do anything he wants with him At one point Pap says Looky here- mind how you talk to me Im a-standing about all I can stand Ive been in town nearly two days and I haint heard nothing but about you bein rich Thats why I come You git me that money tomorrow- I want it Paps only desire is to get his hands on Hucks money There is never any compassion heard in Paps voice only anger This anger is a result of Paps alcoholism which has a direct affect on Huck When Pap drinks he either physically or verbally abuses Huck As a result of this household environment Huck realizes he needs to escape not just from his father but from sivilizationJim and Huck meet up and begin their adventure on Jacksons Island Their encounter of one another is a coincidence but Jim and Huck end up staying together for the remainder of the novel In the beginning of their journey the two appear to be very different Jim a runaway black slave who according to society is not human and Huck a young white boy who was raised in
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