As Huck ruminates over whether he should turn Jim in for being a runaway slave, he decides he can't. In the world in which he has been raised, he has been taught that helping a slave escape is a sin. Nevertheless, he decides that, even if he has to go to hell, he won't betray Jim. His thinking shows that he loves Jim, because Jim has been a father figure to him—protecting him, nurturing him, being glad to see him, and caring for him as a father would:
I'd see him standing my watch on top of his'n, 'stead of calling me, so I could go on sleeping; and see him how glad he was when I come back out of the fog; and when I come to him again in the swamp, up there where the feud was; and such-like times; and would always call me honey, and pet me, and do everything he could think of for me.
Jim is a complete contrast to Huck's real father: an alcoholic who did nothing but abuse and neglect Huck. In Jim, Huck for the first time finds a man who is a good role model and who cares about him. Twain...
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