In the story, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain illustrates the importance of Friendship and Family. Mark Twain illustrates these points through the lives of Huckleberry Finn and his accomplice Jim. Throughout the story, Mark Twain shows many examples of how Friendship and Family are important towards Huckleberry Finn and Jim. Friendship in this novel takes a big role in the personalities of Huckleberry Finn and Jim. For example, Huckleberry Finn says that, "Don't ever let on to know us. And if you hear any digging going on nights, it's us: we " re going to set you free." This shows that Huckleberry Finn cares for Jim and thinks of Jim as a close friend.

Furthermore, true friends will put their lives on the line to protect the ones they care about. In addition, Huckleberry Finn showed concern for Jim's well being, "Git up and hump yourself, Jim! There ain't a minute to lose. They " re after us!" This also shows that Huckleberry Finn truly cares for Jim as a friend. Moreover, These feelings in marked contrast with Huck's feelings concerning other people in the early part of the novel where he always is uncomfortable and wishes to leave them. This stated empathy shows that the two outcasts will have a successful and rewarding friendship as they drift down the river as the novel continues. Another major theme in this novel is Family.

For example, "I hadn't had a bite to eat since yesterday, so Jim he got out some corn-dodgers and buttermilk, and pork and cabbage and greens." This shows that Jim was taking in Huckleberry Finn as if he were his older brother, or even a father. Furthermore, Huckleberry Finn needs an older, wiser figure to lead him towards manhood and teach him about life. In addition, Huckleberry Finn showed that he to thought of Jim as a relative when he said, "I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the only one he's got now; and then I happened to look around and see that paper. It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I know ed it.

I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: 'All right, then, I'll go to hell' -- and tore it up." This also shows that Huckleberry Finn cared for Jim so much that he was going to go to hell for Jim. In addition, deciding to go to hell for someone means that that person must mean a whole lot to you, like a father or Brother. In closing, the most precious thing that a man owns is his family, therefore Huckleberry Finn and Jim adventured side by side to prove they were equal and that they respected one another. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn taught an important lesson, one that showed the importance of the self in the maturing process. We saw Huck grow up by having the river as a place of solitude and thought, where he was able to participate in society at times, and also sit back and observe society.

Through the child's eye, we see how ignorant and mob-like we can all be. Then nature, peace, and logic are presented in the form of the river where Huck goes to think. Though no concise answer is given, the literature forces the reader to examine their surroundings, and question their leaders.