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Inhuckleberry Finn show 2 examples where either Huck or Jim show love

In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, thestrong relationship between Huck and Jim who are brought together byfate, is evident by the show of love for each other. Huck and Jimembark on a journey of freedom where the former seeks liberation fromhis abusive father and conformity to societal values and the latterruns away from slavery (Johnson 4). Their bond which begins withfriendship survives the test of time with each character going to thegreatest lengths to protect each other.

Huck shows his love for Jim by sticking with him even after learningof the reward for turning him in. While he had started to feel lonelybefore the two met, Jim’s caring and fatherly nature plays acritical part in cementing their bond. Huck, therefore, embarks inensuring that Jim is not seen by anyone during the day. He positsthat “I made Jim lay down in the canoe and cover up with quilt,because if he set up, people could tell he was a nigger a good waysoff” (Twain, 207).&nbspThis indicates his compassionate nature fora friend whom he just met despite. For Huck, Jim is like family andthus, he tries his best to protect him.

Jim also shows compassion for the little Huck by taking him in andproviding the latter with the fatherly love. For example, when theyfind a house with a man inside, Jim takes up the leading role ininspecting the house. Not wanting Jim find the dead body he warms himbefore allowing him in. “Come in, Huck, but doan’ look at hisface—it’s too gashly” (Twain, 59). This clearly indicates hiscaring nature for Huck.

Whereas friendship may be compromised, the compassionate and caringnature portrayed by Jim and Huck last infinitely. Each of thesecharacters values loyalty and sticks with each other to the end.


Johnson, ClaudiaD.&nbspUnderstanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A StudentCasebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Westport,Conn: Greenwood Press, 1996. Print.

Twain,Mark.&nbspAdventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: DoverPublications, 1994. Print.