The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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English III
Period G
3/28/10
Everyone wants to be Free
In the story “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” there are many problems that the characters face in the story. Near the end of the novel Huck says “But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.” Huck doesn’t seem happy with Aunt Sally asking him to go back with her. He did have times in the story where he likes to be with the widow and he could like being civilized if he gave it a chance. Huck doesn’t want to be civilized he wants to just do what he wants and be free not having to be tied down.

In the beginning of the story Huck was jumping around from house to house. First he started with Pap at his house. Then Huck went to live with the Widow at her house because he could not stand Pap, who was a drunk and would beat Huck all the time and he just couldn’t take it. Then when he moved from Pap’s to the widow’s he didn’t like it there either. The widow tried to change him and make him something he wasn’t. This is an example of what he means when he said “I been there before.” In the story you could tell that the widow was trying to keep him and have him stay there. It says “the widow found out where I was by and by, and she sent a man over to try to get hold of me.” This shows that he just wanted to break free.

Another reason that shows how Huck doesn’t want to be civilized is in the quote it says “Aunt Sally wants to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it.” Throughout the story Huck shows that he doesn’t want to be civilized and just wants to be free. This is why he just escapes and goes down the river in the raft with Jim and fakes his death in the first place. In the book Huck says “Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” This quote shows exactly how Huck is and loves to be by...
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