Throughout the entirety of the novel, “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, Jim has consistently proven himself to be the most loyal and honest friend to those around him. Although Jim primarily displays acts of kindness towards Huck, his unwavering loyalty is particularly evident in the closing chapters of the book when he sacrifices his own freedom to assist the injured Tom Sawyer. I am not at all surprised by Jim’s decision, as he consistently exhibits admirable qualities towards all he encounters and consistently prioritizes the well-being of those he cares for. Personally, one of the most memorable moments in the book occurs when Huck and Jim are together on Jackson’s island, taking turns keeping watch.
Jim’s exceptional qualities as a friend and caring individual are first revealed when Huck recounts, “I went to sleep, and Jim didn’t call me when it was my turn. He often done that” (23. 30). This particular passage deeply resonated with me, unequivocally displaying Jim’s kindness. Another instance highlighting Jim’s loyalty as a friend is when he exclaims, “Pooty soon I’ll be a-shout’n’ for joy, en I’ll say, it’s all on accounts o’ Huck; I’s a free man, en I couldn’t ever ben free ef it hadn’ ben for Huck; Huck done it.”
Jim will never forget you, Huck; you are the best friend Jim has ever had; and you are the only friend Jim has got now.” (16.14) Jim acknowledges the strong bond he shares with Huck and once again showcases his admirable character as a good friend. It comes as no surprise that Jim would assist a friend, even if it meant sacrificing his own freedom, as it aligns perfectly with Jim’s nature to perform kind acts. Throughout the book, Jim sets an example by consistently looking after his friends and demonstrating care for others.