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Loyalty is a state of devoted attachment to someone or something Loyalty is perhaps one of the most admirable qualities one can have it is not only a measure of ones true character but ones decisions as well In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn there is no greater loyalty than that which exists between young Huck Finn and Jim Jim demonstrates his loyalty to Huck by remaining with Huck as almost a paternal figure once he misses his turn on the river for Cairo thereby continuing deeper into the hazardous South Huck in turn demonstrates his loyalty to Jim by returning for Jim once Jim is taken captive By doing so Huck also demonstrates his loyalty to humanity through his betrayal of racism In Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain develops the theme that loyalty is measured through ones actions in times of crisis by having Huckleberry break class lines and befriend a runaway slave in the racist antebellum years Jims loyalty to Huck is best demonstrated through Jims decisions on the river Jim who is a runaway slave heading to Cairo in search of work and his family is heading downriver with Huck and misses his turn for Cairo Jims decision to remain with Huck costs him a chance to find work and a chance to find his family whom he dearly misses Their mistake in navigation also leads the duo farther South into slave territory bringing potentially hazardous situations for a runaway slave Jims loyalty is reinforced later on in their adventures as Jim passes his greatest opportunity for freedom in order to find medical attention for the wounded Tom Sawyer Jims loyalty to the two young boys simultaneously contradicts racial stereotypes while affirming the consequences may accompany decisions of loyalty Hucks loyalty to Jim although perhaps out of reciprocity is demonstrated best through Hucks decision to withhold Jims location from the Widow Douglas and his efforts to free Jim from
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