Similarities Between Huckleberry Finn And Of Mice And Men

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The Friendships of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Of Mice and Men
“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” Huck and Jim of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men are both character pairs with strong friendships. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn demonstrates this through the friendship of Huck and Jim as they both grow together and understand their differences by spending time with each other and realizing that their differences should not separate them. This also relates to George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men in the way that they know who each other and accept it by getting past their differences
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Huck begins to respect Jim more as the novel goes on and he starts to mature, he realizes that Jim’s skin color does not matter and Jim is a person, same as Huck. As Huck and Jim spend more time together they begin to talk more and tell each other about their lives before, one night Jim tells Huck about one time he was with his daughter, “What makes me feel so bad dis time, ‘uz bekase I hear sumpn over yonder on de bank like a whack, er a slam, while ago, en it mine me er de time I treat my little “Lizabeth so ornery” (Twain 117). As Huck begins to talk to Jim more and get to know Jim as a person better he realizes how “white” Jim is on the inside, “I knowed he was white inside, and I reckoned he’d say what he did say-” (Twain 207). Huck plays tricks on Jim but when they upset Jim he feels bad and is able to apologize to Jim even though society says that he can’t because Jim is a black man. Huck tries to trick Jim by telling him that they never got separated in the fog, “What’s the matter with you, Jim? You been a drinking? … Well, I think you’re here, plain enough, but I think you’re a tangle-headed old fool, Jim” (Twain 63). After realizing that Huck had tricked him Jim gets mad and is hurt that Huck would do that to him. Huck eventually apologizes to Jim, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to humbling myself to a nigger - but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither” (Twain 65). Huck feels bad for hurting Jim and says that if he had known that the trick would have hurt him so much he would not have done it. In “Of Mice and Men” George has no respect for Lennie, he thinks that Lennie is extremely unintelligent so he does not let Lennie do anything for himself. George claims that his life would be so much better if he did not have to take

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