They have been relying on themselves to survive for centuries. Well, nobody could think of anything to do- everybody was stumped, and set still. Some could think that Huck would develop a form of greed for himself but instead demonstrates a sense of integrity. Throughout the book there is the recurring theme of Friend v.
Which is extremely strange in that day and age because of racial diversity and intolerance. These traits are part of the reason that Huck Finn was viewed as a book not acceptable for children, yet they are also traits that allow Huck to survive his surroundings and, in the conclusion, make the right decision.
Huck emerges into the novel with an inferiority complex caused by living with a drunken and abusive father, and with the absence of any direction. It was at this time that one of the boys realized that Huck did not have a real family. Preceding the start of the novel, Miss Watson and the widow have been granted custody of Huck, an uncivilized boy who possesses no morals.
His existence has been permeated by social and legal laws that require him to place another race above his own, regardless of the consequences. Huck's relationship grows only with Jim, not his whole outlook on slavery. Jim is not participating in the monetary system yet his only relation with financial matters is the price on his head.
He develops a moral compass throughout the book despite expressing similarities between himself and the conmen earlier in the book: putting the snake on the bed and lying about the fog. Huck has lost touch with his biological father leaving a void.
This is the first time he makes a decision all on his own based on his own morality.