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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the central characters Huck and Jim develop a meaningful relationship while journeying down the Mississippi River Hucks civilized idea of Jim is the same as most of the South which is that Jim is a slave and therefor is less than human Hucks perception of Jim changes through the unfolding of the novels many themes This understanding of Jim also helps Huck in the building of his own conscience and character The conventional morality of the South during Hucks time is that slaves are property and have very little if any rights This is the type of morality Huck has at the beginning of the novel but slowly begins to see the truth and how society is wrong There are two instances that stand out where Huck says that Jim appears to be human or white inside In chapter sixteen Jim says that the first thing he would do when he got to a free state would be to save up some money to buy his wife out of slavery and if he couldnt buy his children out of slavery he would steal them This statement by Jim shows that Jim has feelings and compassion for his family and is the beginning of Hucks realization that Jim is human One morning Huck wakes to find Jim bemoaning over his daughter Lizabeth who Jim once scolded for not closing a door when he told her and later found out she was deaf from scarlet fever This public showing of Jims remorse for hurting his daughter begins to show Huc k that even blacks have emotions and that Jim has the potential to be held to level of whites One theme that really appears to stand out in the novel is that of the friendship between Huck and Jim Huck is at first blind to the idea of Jim being his friend
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