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Paul Roman
Mrs. Neely
Honors English III
3 December 2012
Huckleberry Finn Essay
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by author Mark Twain is the tale of a child and a slave who travel together on an adventure of a lifetime. Huckleberry Finn and Jim travel to the south in search for freedom; especially the freedom of confinement and slavery. Some may ask the question; “Why were Huck and Jim traveling south?” In the novel, Mark Twain explains that Huck and Jim are traveling south down the Mississippi River due to the fact that the duo is hoping to find the junction of the Ohio River and then escaping north towards freedom, but unfortunately miss it due to in climate weather. Thus leading to the symbolism of the river; freedom. All in all, the river displayed the removal of society and equality for both characters. From beginning to end, Mark Twain presented the diversion of two human races by criticizing two topics; society as a whole is corrupt and evil and the belief that “slavery was necessary.”

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain has Huck and Jim travel down to the south to add irony to the context. In the novel, the two characters are in search for Cairo, a town at the mouth of the Ohio River. To complete their task they needed to find the junction or the crossing of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Unfortunately they failed and missed their opportunity, thus making the tale more ironic, because the task of freeing Jim is getting worse as racism becomes more terrifying as they travel deeper into the south. Mark Twain intended for this to happen because it is a factor that was necessary to the plot and the moral of the novel. If Huck and Jim were to make it to Cairo, then ultimately Mark Twain would not have been able to express the ethical issues of the time that dig further into the novel. In summary, quoted from the novel How to Read Literature Like a Professor; “In other words, a quest just happened.” (Foster 2)

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