River Symbolism In Huckleberry Finn

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In the novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", the river symbolizes freedom. Huck goes on the river to get free from becoming civilized and to get away from his pap and Jim uses the river to get freed from slavery. Also the king and the duke use it to escape from angry towns. The river is the peaceful rest in their journal from all the troubles they face. Huck runaway to the river, when he thought that his Pap will kill him. Jim was afraid of being sold by Widow Douglas so he runs away and is trying to get freed from slavery. He also goes down the river with Huck as a path to freedom. The river represents being safe, away from all dangerous. Toni Morrison described the river in her introduction saying, "The sky looks ever so deep when you…show more content…
The shore symbolizes angry, and violence. Twain shows Dauphin and Duke characters, as getting in troubles many times, by scamming different towns to get money by lying and pretending to be people they are not: "It didn't take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn't no kings nor dukes, at all, but just low down humbugs and frauds" (Twain 95). Every time they get away by going on the river, they find freedom on it. When they finally get caught they were on land, away from the freedom of the river. The river was the freedom for Huck, Jim, Dauphin, and the Duke. When they are on land they were always getting into trouble, but they were getting away from that trouble by going on the river. Also the river's water represents cleansing, because they were able to wash themselves clean with it: "then the river softened up, away off, and warn't black any more, but gray" (89). The river's water washes any sins, and any troubles they face on the shore. Twain uses the river to represent freedom of body and soul, which shows that slaves also have body and soul; they are human like white people. On the river, there is freedom from the rules of man and from the society and its conflicts, which shows that slaves are free from the society's expectations and others…show more content…
Huck's moral evolution begins before he ever sets foot on the raft down the Mississippi river. His mother is deceased, while his father sleeps with the pigs in a drunken state. Huck grows up following his own rules until he moves in with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Together, the women attempt to civilize Huck by making him attend school, study religion, and act in a way the women find socially acceptable. However, Huck was not able to bring himself to these things. Huck runaway searching for the freedom he need to feel that he is being himself. As a young boy, he learned many things about the cruel world, and especially what it meant to be truly free through his adventure on the Mississippi river. Along with other new emotions, Huck Finn has learned the sentimental value in showing compassion and sincerity to others. Twain was being a realist and giving the truth that slaves are human through Jim, that humanity can be corrupt with Pap the King or the Duke. Freedom is an important concept in the novel, it serves as a common goal, something to obtain. For Jim and Huck, freedom meant happiness, a happiness away from the binds of society and into a world of

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