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Huck and Jim Mark Twain tells the story of Huckleberry Finn and his maturity that is developed through a series of events This maturity is encouraged through the developing relationship between Huck and Jim as well as the strong influence Jim has on Huck Jims influence not only effects Hucks maturity but his moral reasoning and the influence society has on Huck Jim is Hucks role model even though Huck would not admit it At first Jim seems to portray a Black stereotypical role with his superstitions and ignorance although his true identity and maternal role begins to shine through as his interactions with Huck progress Jims character traits are easy to over look because of his seeming ignorance but in reality Jim possessed some qualities that created a positive influence on Huck He began by demonstrating to Huck how friends teach friends His honest compassion also eventually causes Huck to resist the ideas society has placed upon him and see Jim as an equal-- rather than property that can be owned Huck knew he was going against society and of the consequences that he could receive for freeing a slave It would get all around that Huck Finn helped a nigger to get his freedom and if I was to ever see anybody from that town again Id be ready to get down and lick his boots for shame 269-270 Huck then claims All right then Ill go to hell272 This shows that Huck was willing to put himself on the line for a slave because he ceased to view Jim as property and recognized him as a friend At the beginning of the story Huck would have never done this but after the many adventures that occur Jims unconditional love for Huck pierces the shell society placed around his thought Huck first realizes the unconditional love Jim has for him after he plays a trick on him This occurs after
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