Theme Of Individualism In Huck Finn

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The novel Adventure of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain is a fictional story about a young man and a boy who come from polar opposite background but runaway together in search of the freedom they deserve. Friends Huck and Jim, a slave runaway, met up after they left their homes to float down the Mississippi River. Huck shows that it is possible throughout his journey down the river with Jim to be an individual in a conformist society. His individuality is shown when Huck is revealed to the atmosphere of slavery. When he wants to runaway from Pap so he wouldn't be beaten. And when he was adjusting to his new set of freedom values. Although writing this novel was a sore subject due to its look into southern life before the Civil War, Twain captured the idea that being an individual person in a conformist society is certainly possible.…show more content…
Huck grew up in slave-state Mississippi where he was surrounded by the atmosphere of slavery. Even as a thirteen year-old boy, Huck saw some men who "wanted to hang Jim [as] an example to all the other n*****s"(212) so that they "wouldn’t be trying to run away like Jim [did]”(213). The reasoning about men willing to expose a young white boy, like Huck, to this lifestyle speaks immensely to the raw emotions in the novel. Huck did not believe that this should be tolerated since Jim was one of those people who was abused. Also, the fact that Huck staged his murder and thinking “they won’t ever hunt the river for anything but my dead carcass. They’ll soon get tired of that, and won’t bother no more about me”(26) just so he wouldn't get beaten by Pap when he gets drunk is outrageous. These acts influenced him to escape the “real world” and go on an adventure in search for freedom even

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