The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Discuss how Jim and Huck's relationship develops from chapter 1 to chapter 17 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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At the beginning of the story, Huck regards Jim as he would any black in his home community, which is to say as he would think of any slave. He knew Jim better than other slaves since he had frequent contact with Jim through living with Miss Watson, Jim's owner, but he still thought of Jim as being physically big and strong, very superstitious, but capable of interpreting signs that could provide useful information.

Miss Watson's nigger, Jim, had a hair-ball as big as your fist...and he used to do magic with it. He said there was a spirit inside of it, and it knowed everything. So I went to him that night and told him pap was here again...What I wanted to know, was, what he was going to do, and was he...

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