I have to write an essay that analysis how that single moment shapes the meaning of the book as a whole.
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Tom's original robber band is paralleled later in the novel when Tom and Huck become true thieves, but honorable ones, at the end of the novel. They resolve to steal Jim, freeing him from the bonds of slavery, which is an honorable act. Thus, the concept of honor and acting to earn it becomes a central theme in Huck's adventures. It is Jim's escape that put's Huck on higher moral ground than Tom. Jim's freedom means more to Huck than rewards or adventure. This is a pivotal moment for Huck.