The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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In the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, the reader follows the main character, Huckleberry Finn, as he takes the reader through his life. Throughout the novel, Huckleberry Finn shows the reader the adventures, the emotions, and the mistakes he goes through on a day-to-day basis. The several themes that were found in this novel, the symbolism of a few items, the setting of the book and what this novel means to me, create a vivid image to those who read it. First, there are several themes that are expressed in the novel. These themes would include nature versus civilization, slavery and equality, and being unique. At the beginning of the novel, Huck describes how miserable he is to be living with the Widow and be civilized. Huck wishes he could live on his own with no civilization, no school, and no manners. Huck has an opportunity at being a boy in nature and takes it. Huck wants to be a part of nature in the sense that he wants to live on his own and depend on nature for all his resources. Huck had been living this way for most of his life with his alcoholic and abusive father. When he had to become civilized, it was a tough change for him and made life hard. When Huck finally escapes the prison that his father had created, he finally has a chance at being a boy in nature. All through the novel, Huck is living life with no school, church, or manners and loves it. He goes through many adventures, such as floating down the river with his companion, Jim. They encounter several criminals that he would not have encountered if he were to be living with the Widow. Not living in a civilized society comes with its consequences. Even though he was “free,” there is no one to really help Huck in times of need if h... ... middle of paper ... ...e to show the side of the common people. Huck being uneducated made him gullible to many tales and myths that were said. For example, Huck believed Jim when Jim used a hairball he retrieved from the stomach of an ox to do magic. Another superstition that both Huck and Jim believed was the bad voodoo the snakeskin had when Huck touched it. Many readers believe in superstitions like these even though they know they are not real. When one thinks about the title of the book, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one does not realize that Jim was a a part of these adventures too. Mark Twain does not include him and he does not because the way Jim spoke. There were many events that Huck and Jim encountered that were not ones that many would encounter. For example, the criminals they met would not have happened in the book if they were in the other side of the river in the town.
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