Huck is willing, if not content, to go his own way and to be alone when the novel begins. He does not feel behooved by loyalty to his father. In the end, however, Huck cannot walk away from Jim to leave this friend in a predicament. Huck is now attached, morally, to a social obligation.
Huck matures considerably over the course of the novel. In the beginning, he is not exactly just like everyone else. He is a vagabond who is used to answering to his own drummer. Yet he befriends Jim, finds he has a conscience, learns empathy, and goes on his own way.
Huck has a more personal relationship with Jim than others who meet Jim. Huck has known him for a long time, and he has sought Jim's advice on a number of occasions (such as the incident with the hairball). When they find themselves on the island together and then journeying on the raft, their relationship grows and changes as we would expect it to. With that change, comes the change of the reader's perspective. Huck has always...
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