The Journey to Freedom

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The Journey to Freedom
Freedom stands for many different things for different people, and Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn shows a great example of that. Freedom is defined as being free or at liberty rather than in confinement. In the case of Huckleberry Finn freedom stands for having self-choice and to not being confined in a civilized area. For Jim freedom stands for being free from slavery, and for the Wilkes family freedom stands for being free from their financial burden caused by the King and the Duke.

Huckleberry Finn is a thirteen-year-old boy who lives in St. Petersburg, Missouri, and has always been free to do as he wished. Huck has never had support from the community, especially when it comes to protection from his father, Pap, who is an abusive drunk. In Chapter One Mark Twain writes how Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, two wealthy sisters adopt Huck, take him in to their home, and attempt to civilize him. Huck, being the rebellious child he is, left the widow’s house and was once again free to do as he wished. When Huck was asked by Tom Sawyer to join his band of robbers Huck accepted it, but Tom would only allow him to join if Huck would return to the widow and be respectful. This was not the only attempt by someone to civilize Huck. In the final chapter of the book, Tom's Aunt Sally offered to adopt Huck, and although Huck had grown close to her, he said that he couldn’t stand to be civilized. He ought to know because he had been there before. Huck states in the last chapter that he needs to be planning for his journey for the west, because he wasn't about to be civilized.

Jim is one of Miss Watson’s household slaves who is Huck’s companion on his journey down the Mississippi. Jim, although black and seen to be at mercy of all the other characters in the book, indirectly helps Huck mature, showing Huck how race has nothing to do with a person's actions. Jim was never upset about being a slave until he overheard Miss...
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