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The Influence of Friendship in Huckleberry Finn

The Influence of Friendship in Huckleberry Finn

In 1885 Mark Twain wrote a book called The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In this book Mark Twain describes the main character as a normal kid from the 1800’s, who lived with a lot of freedom. He spent most of his time floating down the Mississippi river on a raft with a runaway slave named Jim. Jim is a character, who has many problems with the society. Jim would sacrifice anything to save Huck’s life because he is his best friend and he does not think of people based on their skin color. He id more like Huck’s father than Huck’s real father has been.

The novel begins with Huck who is thirteen or fourteen years old, son of the local drunk in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Widow Douglas and Miss Watson ate trying to “sivilize” Huck. Husk’s father kidnaps Huck because he does not like the idea of his son getting an education and also Huck would not give his money to his father. Huck’s father always used to beat Huck. He always locked him in the cabin, and some nights Huck’s father would get so drunk that he would try to kill his own son. So Huck fakes his own death, this is where the raft adventure begins.

On the other hand, Jim the runaway slave is a very modest person. He would sacrifice anything to help his best friend. Jim is like a friend and also a father – like figure to Huck. Jim had escaped from his family because his owner, Miss Watson, was planning on selling Jim down south. Huck and Jim became best friends; Huck is ready to go to hell for Jim even though he is a slave. Jim thinks of people as though everyone is everyone is equal regardless of skin or age Jim is extremely intelligent because he comes up with many plans and is really above his maturity level. He knows "all kinds of signs" about the future, people’s personalities, and weather forecasting.

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