The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about a
young boy's coming of age in the Missouri of the mid-1800's. The main
character, Huckleberry Finn, spends much time in the novel floating
down the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave named Jim.
Before he does so, however, Huck spends some time in the fictional
town of St. Petersburg where a number of people
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Finn, Huck and Jim are forced to leave Jackson's Island because Huck
discovers that people are looking for the runaway slave. Prior to
leaving, Huck tells Jim, "They're after us." Clearly, the people are
after Jim, but Huck has already identified with Jim and has begun to
care for him. 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.