Mark Twain's Imagination
In the 1885 classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, two boys distinctly separate imagination from reality. Mark Twain has Huck Finn represent reality while his best friend, Tom Sawyer, represents imagination. In a Mississippi River community Twain makes sure that Tom and Huck differ so the strict separation of imagination and reality is identified. Huck Finn takes ideas and theories of his own and imagines what Tom would do before he acts. Tom's ideas and aspirations prove he has quite an imagination. During pre-Civil War time Twain has Huck, Tom and Jim, a run away slave, go on a pilgrimage together. For Jim it is a pilgrimage to freedom. Tom goes from imagination to reality while Huck escapes a horrible past. Twain also uses the three to show that attitude is more important than aptitude. He proves this through out the chapters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huckleberry Finn represents reality because in everybody's life there is a colossal struggle for independence and loyalty. In his life he struggles to become a freer person. He does this by leaving Widow Douglas, Miss Watson and his drunk father. Huck realizes that if he wants to see the world he must escape the scrutiny of his father and the women he lived with. When he meets Jim on the island they begin a close-knit relationship and begin to become loyal to each other. This loyal bond is shown when Huck thinks "...and do everything he [Jim] could think of for me, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had smallpox aboard and he was so grateful, and said I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the only one he's got right now...". The loyalty shown between Huck and Jim is the loyalty found after a battle to correct the morals and ethics one is raised upon.. If everybody goes through a gigantic struggle Jim and Huck did, everyone would have a real outlook on life. After the escapades Huck and his...
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