Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is an adventure story, a coming of age book, and a satire. Throughout the entire book, Huck tells of his adventures in town, with his pap, and traveling down the river with Jim. Huck wrestles with his conscience on the rights and wrongs of racism and slavery, showing the coming forth of a new generation’s new way of thinking. Twain satirizes many aspects of society: religion, romanticism, small towns, ideals of the time, and many others. Huck is wrestling with a moral crisis, whether of not to turn Jim in for running away from Miss Watson. This internal conflict is also ironic because Huck knows the “right” thing to do would be to turn Jim in, but he likes him so much that he is forced to go against society and help Jim. Huck and Jim becomes much more than just companions traveling down a river, they become friends. Jim also takes on a fatherly role to Huck, trying to protect him, such as when he prevents Huck from seeing his pap’s dead body. Huck and Jim also form a bond because both are working towards the same goal: freedom. The raft and the river have very important meanings to both Huck and Jim. To them, this is the only way to escape a society neither fits in to. They also represent a certain amount of security for the two runaways. Being on the raft in the river, they feel safe, they are in control of their own destiny, not by another person. The shore, to Huck, means civilization, a thing he so desperately tries to escape. Huck knows that on shore, if he is caught, he will not be in control of his life and live as he pleases. He will have to bathe, dress nice, eat right, go to church and school, and obey adults. To Jim the shore represents captivity in a way differently from Huck. Jim will have to become a slave again and continue being separated from his family. Twain satirizes many aspects of society. The whole idea of blacks being dumb and inferior to whites is being repeatedly pointed out so as to show exactly how people really
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