Throughout the novel, Huckleberry Finn, the main character faces a challenge of going along with society or taking a stand for what is right. I believe that Huck Finn actually fights what society tells him by caring for and respecting Jim, a slave. He proves this numerous times throughout the story, including referring to Jim as family and actually helping him run away!
There were many times where one could see that Huck truly loved Jim, but I think the one that stood out the most was when Huck unintentionally called Jim his family. Huck hints at it the majority of the book, but when he was trying to spare Jim’s feelings, he literally said “‘long as it would keep peace in the family’” (Twain 113) This wasn’t made a big deal in the novel because it wasn’t something that Huck noticed himself; it sort of just flew under the radar. But Huck is acknowledging that Jim is his family now! In this section, he is saying that he doesn’t want Jim to know so that it doesn’t upset him (or the family). This in and of itself shows that Huck cares for Jim because he is trying to protect him.
The other reason I think that Huck respects Jim is because of his surroundings. Of course Huck didn’t treat Jim perfectly one-hundred percent of the time, but it’s important to remember the environment he was in. Going against something that someone grew up surrounded by is so difficult, so even showing the slightest progress means a lot. That means that Huck saying the minor things like calling him family, or that he’s happy to see Jim correlates to him going against society! He sees Jim differently than other slaves.
I think that there’s no question that Huck favored his conscience, what about you? Even if you agree, are you as certain as me?