The relationship between Huck and Jim is a very close relationship. The relationship is like a father/son relationship. In this relationship, Jim tries to protect Huck from horrors that they face along their journey. One of the times that Jim protected Huck was when they came across the dead man in the boat. Jim said to Huck “’It’s a dead man. Yes, indeedy; naked, too. He’s been shot in de back. I reck’n he’s ben dead two er three days. Come in, Huck, but doan’ look at his face-it’s too gashly” (Twain, 57). Jim did not want Huck to see the horrors of a dead man, like a father would want to protect his son. This father/son relationship is one that Huck has never had.
What comes along with the father/son is a fierce loyalty. This can be seen through Huck when he finds out about the bounty that is out for Jim for Huck’s murder. Huck said that he “had got so uneasy I couldn't set still” (Twain 64). Huck did not want Jim to get caught for his murder, especially because he had not been murdered, and there was no way Jim would have murdered him. When Huck was told that at first his real father was suspected for his murder, Huck had no such feeling of loyalty. This was because Huck’s father was never really a father to him and Jim is more of a father figure then his real father ever will be.