Ryan WangPeriod 8-9 In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry Finn is the son of the local drunkard in 1840s St. Petersburg, Missouri. Following the events of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huck becomes rich from one of his adventures with Tom Sawyer. His father, who seeks to take this money, kidnaps Huck and takes him to a cabin on the Illinois shore. After Huck fakes his death, he discovers a runaway slave, Jim. The two plan to set sail on the Mississippi River, away from the life they once knew. Twain uses symbolism and character relationships to display freedom, familial bonds, and _.
The author uses symbolism to display freedom. Throughout the novel, Twain relates the Mississippi River to freedom as it represents both Huck’s escape from his abusive father and Jim’s escape from slavery. To Huck and Jim, the river represents a world without rules and responsibilities.
Despite the freedom that Huck and Jim feel on the raft, they encounter many trials and tribulations, such as robbery and murder. Twain writes, “So in two seconds away we went a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us” (P. 162). The use of symbolism, expressed through the Mississippi River, shows how one may find freedom beyond the expectations of society, but with the moral obligation to be a righteous person.
Twain uses character relationships to display familial bonds. Throughout the novel, Jim and Huck develop a makeshift father-son relationship, though at any moment Huck could turn Jim in as an escaped slave. As Huck contemplates whether or not to send a letter informing Miss Watson of Jim’s location, Huck decides that he would “go to hell” in order to free Jim from captivity. Twain writes, “Jim was so grateful, and said I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the only one he’s got now; and then I happened to look around, and see that paper” (P.
170). The use of character relationships, expressed through the relationship of Huck and Jim, shows how the bond of a family, even one formed between a white youth and a black slave, can surpass even that of slavery.