Relationship Between Huck and Jim

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The way Huck relates with other characters is different in one way or the other. The relationship between Jim and Huck in Mark Twain’s book has not been spared and several writers have written controversial essays that elaborate the motives behind Huck and Jims relationship. In his book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain takes a critical look on the relationship between individual psychology and the political context which enables them to shape the group psychology. Huck and Jim travel from one region to another across the Mississippi River. It is while there are on their journey they visit five political worlds; some of which are the corrupt republic, the democratic republic of the raft on the river, tyranny of the Duke and the aristocracy of granger fords.

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To become a young mature man, Jim offers fatherly advice, help, and knowledge to Huck, unlike a father who gave him virtues of life not worth living. It is an undisputable fact that the two parties come from the different racial background. In his argument, Say It Ain’t So, Huck, Jane Smiley notes that no matter how critics try to sanitize the novel, use of the word ‘nigger’ confirms deeper racism in the novel. Both Huck and Jim are seen not to care about the feelings and freedom about change. The author of the book supports Huck by claiming that the only racial insight Americans recognize is that the blacks and slaves are human beings. This is because the mate of the snake bites Jim's leg causing him foot swelling.

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He becomes sick for four days thereby increasing chances of him being caught. In the second prank, Huck makes Jim believe that the episode in the fog was just a dream. Jim gives an unexpected answer makes Huck get out of his ignorance cocoon and confirms Jim as an intelligent individual. Jim regards Huck because of the way he treats him makes Jim because he made Huck feel so inhuman and’s mean and almost kissed his foot (Twain 84) assume the role of a reprimanding parent. According to Jim, the river presents him with an escape route from the society that captures him and enslaved him. For Huck, the river represents the freedom from the society that makes him question his behaviors and morals.

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They, however, note that they have not escaped from all the problems they were experiencing. The issues of the white society continue to trouble them until the end. Jim brings into being some sense of his natural and human characteristics to Huck by his attitude towards her wife and children whom he left at miss Watson. The decision by Huck to go to help rather than betraying his colleague Jim confirms the virtue of kindness and unselfishness (Twain 206). Huck gains powerful motivation to help Jim free of charge no matter the implications. His final decisions to help him escape confirms Jim's humanity. This comes after the news of Jim's capture. The fact that Huck has realized that his colleague is a real man confirms the fact that the reason for their unique relationship.

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