The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

1034 Words Apr 18th, 2016 5 Pages
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” (Mark Twain). The concept of relationships plays a huge role in Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His outlook on relationships is important and the relationships within a family unit is a successive theme in Twain’s novel. The context surrounding the novel reveals that he was influenced by the conditions of families and relationships in the late 1800’s. Twain uses the relationship of Huck and Jim and events throughout the novel to demonstrate and speak for his thoughts on relationships. Our society’s traditional view is that a family includes a husband and wife with one or more biological or adopted children. Twain’s classic novel, provides a conclusive outlook on the different types of “family relationships”. Among the many relationships in the novel, it includes a traditional family unit like Pap and Huck and a divergent family unit like Huck and Jim. Although Huck and Jim are not related by blood, and lack the traditional roles of a family, they display a close bond that the reader grows fond of. In Twain’s work, a “family” consists of any group of individuals who live in propinquity of one another and interact in the same way a traditional family interacts. The relationship of a white boy and a black slave would most likely have major problems, especially in the late 1800’s but Huck and Jim form a sort of relationship that is characterized by the same care and…

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