The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Analyze the relationship between Tom Sawyer and Jim

Chapter 38

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Tom doesn't have a relationship with Jim. Tom is Huck's friend and that's good enough for Jim. By chapter 38, Tom is making the decisions, while Huck merely plays along, and Jim simply accepts. Interestingly, Tom is still the same boy he was when the reader last saw him in the earliest chapters of the novel. However, Huck has developed into a more mature, morally sound individual. Huck always thought Tom's make believe adventures were not worth the time or effort Tom put into them. But, here, he believes they are truly setting Jim free, and releasing him from the bonds of slavery. For Huck, this is one of the most serious and risky actions he has ever undertaken, but for Tom, it is all just a game.