Please explain some of the major themes and central ideas found in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. 

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One of the themes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is that the best family doesn't necessarily share DNA. In Huck's case, his father is an abusive and self-serving drunk who certainly doesn't put the needs of his son anywhere near the top of his priority list. In contrast, Huck finds a sense of family in Jim as they grow closer throughout the novel and learn to watch out for each other. In chapter 31, Huck reflects on the way their relationship has changed:

But somehow I couldn't seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind. 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, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had...

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