Symbolism In The Mississippi River

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The Mississippi River Have you ever wondered what ultimate freedom felt like? Well described by the dictionary “freedom” is “the state of being free or at liberty rather that in confinement or under physical or mental restraint”. In Huckleberry Finn the Mississippi is the ultimate symbol of freedom for Huck and Jim because of the rebirth of Jim and Huck, the return to nature (uninfluenced by society), and making them go through tough times in order to achieve that ultimate freedom. The return to nature and uninfluenced by society is another reason why the river is an ultimate symbol of freedom. While on the river Huck accepts Jim for whom he is and does not judge him for his race because he is uninfluenced. For example, when Jim show’s…show more content…
This definitely happens in the Mississippi river with Huck and Jim. “Freedom is America’s abiding subject, as well as its deepest problem”. Sanford Pinsker is saying that freedom is a constant battle and Huck and Finn have a battle with the river. The first situation happens when Huck and Jim are approaching there goal of the Ohio River on a foggy night and they get separated, when Jim finds Huck, they soon realize that they missed their turn into the Ohio River, so they have no idea what to do now, but just float downstream. The river getting flooded is another one of their problems and Jim and Huck get separated and arrive on-shore. Huck meets the Grangerfords. Huck soon comes to understanding that the Grangerfords and the Shepherdson’s don’t like each other and are very violent. Buck describes there way of thinking of how to settle problems. "Well," says Buck, "a feud is this way: A man has a quarrel with another man, and kills him; then that other man's brother kills HIM; then the other brothers, on both sides, goes for one another; then the COUSINS chip in—and by and by everybody's killed off, and there ain't no more feud. But it's kind of slow, and takes a long time." (Chapter 18 Page 26). Soon after that Buck and Sophia are killed in a gun fight with the Shepherdson’s. Huck gets frightened and finds Jim and they head for the raft. Soon after Huck and Jim come across another problem. The duke and the dauphin. At first, they seem just like two con-artists, but they soon become an immediate threat to Jim and Huck. They try print out a leaf paper that has Jim’s reward if they capture him. They also get him into many dangerous situations. Another huge problem that arises is that dauphin sold Jim to a man. Huck decides to help find Jim. Huck is willing to risk him going to help a black man. Eventually, Tom and Huck think of a way to rescue Jim. After all of

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