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I suppose both escapes are ironic in that they run contrary to Southern social norms. Despite Pap being a useless abusive drunk, it was generally believed that Huck belonged with his father. It was also believed that Jim belonged a slave rather than a father to his family. I think that Huck more than Jim needed this voyage to mature in the way he did. Huck was able to see first hand that a black person could be his brother. Ironically Jim was released long ago but his time with Huck might have been his one experience with a white person he did not regret.