English 11 Thomas
13 November 2012
Symbolic Importance of the Mississippi River
When you picture a river in your mind, you imagine it flowing peacefully without any worries. Well this is exactly how Huck Finn and Jim, a runaway slave, felt when they were traveling on the Mississippi River. The river was an escape from harsh life, they both felt free on the raft. Huck and Jim also state that the Mississippi River gives peace between the hectic adventures they experience. Huck would not really have any fun if it was not for the smooth river. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the Mississippi River symbolizes freedom, peace, and adventure for Jim and Huck.
Huck Finn and Jim enjoy every moment of traveling down the Mississippi River because it helps Jim closer to freedom, and Huck to freedom from his abusive father. Huck mentions in the book that the river was always a good time and they did not have anyone interfering with their freedom while on the raft. “We said there weren’t no home like a raft, after all, other places seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” (Twain 107). He says this because the river was key to their freedom, and without it they would not have a route for transportation. In addition, Jim and Huck also both feel that the Mississippi River gives them some relief from the problems they face back home. Considering all the factors discussed, the river provides Huckleberry Finn and Jim a getaway from a confined life to a free life.
The soothing stream gives the pair harmony and friendship, Jim and Huck become alleviated whenever they are on the river. The river renders several instances of peace between the distressing adventures they go through. “It was the raft, and mighty glad was we to get...
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