In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Jim and Huck would not have been able to build their friendship on shore, without the insulating presence of the Mississippi River. This is seen through Huck’s prank on Jim, Jim looking out for Huck, and Huck’s guilty conscious. As of a result of this, Mark Twain successfully depicts how two distant personalities come together to form one unique friendship. Huck's mindset towards Jim shifts from him believing that Jim is just property and an uneducated slave, to realizing that Jim is an amazing friend. Huck was born and raised in a community that degraded the humanity of slaves; and had a father that never taught him good morals. The pranks that Huck pulls on Jim reflect Huck’s attitude of the way he was brought up as a person. After the scene where Huck and Jim get separated in the fog, Huck believes that Jim isn’t smart enough to believe that the incident never happened, and that Jim just imagined everything. Jim then finds evidence proving that the separation did happen, and is disappointed by Huck’s actions. Huck then says, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger... and i wouldn’t done that one if i’d a knowed it would make, him feel that way” (Twain 89). Jim shows that a slave like himself has feelings and Huck’s attitude shifts to becoming a compassionate person. The more Huck tries to figure out himself, the closer he gets to understanding Jim.
Another scene is when they come across a house on a raft and go inside to search if they can collect any materials to help them on their journey. “It’s a dead man. Yes, indeedy; naked, too. He’s ...
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