1. Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Random House, 1996. Print.
The friendship between Huck and Jim is very rare particularly because it is a friendship between a white boy and a run away slave. Throughout the novel, Huck risks his life numerous times to get Jim to freedom. At one point in the story he says he is “going to hell” for Jim because the friendship that he and Jim have is forbidden in his religion. Jim tells Huck that he is his best friend because of everything he is doing for him. Even though society tells Huck not to consider Jim his equal because he is black, Huck says at the end that he knew “Jim was white inside” which is his way of saying that Jim is his equal.
2. Klasky, Arlene. Rugrats. 11 Aug. 1991. Television.
The relationship between Tommy and Chuckie is a great example of friendship. Although Tom and Chuckie are opposites they become the best of friends because of their support for one another. Whenever Tommy gets an idea for an adventure, Chuckie is right behind him even though he is afraid of his own shadow. On the other hand, Tommy supports Chuckie during these adventures and tells him not to be afraid.
3. Forrest Gump. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Perf. Tom Hanks. Paramount Pictures, 1994. Film.
Bubba and Forrest are so similar even though they are from completely different backgrounds. When they go off to war together Bubba and Forrest plan to have a shrimping company when they return home. Bubba is shot during the war and Forrest does everything in his power to save him even if that means running back into the warzone. Unfortunately, Bubba dies at war and Forrest is crushed but he keeps his promise to Bubba and creates the shrimp company. Forrest is an example of a truly good friend because even after his friend dies he manages to keep his legacy alive.
4. Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: A.A. Levine, 1998. Print.
Ron, Harry, and Herminie are the best of friends because they stick with each other through thick and thin even in very dangerous situations. They support Harry in every thing he does even if it could get them killed
5. Lewis, C. S. The Four Loves. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1960. Print.
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
Friendship is not necessary in the sense that it is essential to living (i.e. water and air), but it makes living worth it.
“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies”.
This metaphor really gives me a grasp on what friendship is and I think it is one of the best quotes to describe friendship. It shows how important friendship and that a true friendship is unconditional.
7. Lobel, Arnold, and Arnold Lobel. Frog and Toad Are Friends. New York: Harper & Row, 1970. Print.
Although Frog and Toad are very different, they always know how to cheer each other up. In the last chapter, Toad is sad because he never gets mail so Frog sends him a simple letter and makes Toad’s day. In a friendship not only do the big things count (i.e. loyalty, trust, etc.) but the small things that friends do to show their appreciation for one another count even more.
8. Milne, A. A. Winnie the Pooh. [Burbank, Calif.]: Mouse Works, 1994. Print.
Winnie the Pooh present the same exact values as frog and toad does. These friends constantly help each other throughout the book. When Eeyore feels sad, they lift up his sprits and they stick together through thick and thin.
9. Hillenburg, Stephen. Spongebob Squarepants. Nickelodeon. 11 May 1999. Television.
Although Patrick is somewhat dimwitted, Spongebob never ceases to call Patrick his best friend. A good friend is not afraid to make their friendship public even though their friend might not be the brightest star in the sky.
10. Cicero, Marcus Tullius., and Michael Grant. Cicero: On the Good Life. Harmondsworth, Middle Sex, England: Penguin, 1971. Print.
I think it is important for us to pay attention to historic sources about friendship to see how the meaning of friendship has evolved. For example, do we still think that friendships can only exist between “good men”. We should also look for elements that are still applicable to modern friendships (i.e. in a friendship you divide and share the burden. (188))