29 January 2014
The south in the 1800’s became a messed up society because of the culture of slavery. The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn portrays a story about a young boy named Huck Finn who is trying to escape society. Huck and Jim go on an adventure for to be enlightened and for freedom. They both want to become free from their homes, and Jim also has to earn money to support his family. Huck Finn runs into many different problems and people that show a variety of symbols that show the way of life in the south. The symbols in this novel that are shown throughout the story are racism and freedom, because it represents the way of life in the south during the 1800’s. Tom represents a part of the southern society because he is a wild, free from authority, and uneducated with absurd ideas. “Now, we’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood.” (Tom 19) Tom’s gang is with the boys from his neighborhood, like his friend Huck. Tom is the leader of the clan and they listen to his commands. His gang shows Tom’s crazy ideas and his wildness. Tom’s free will to do whatever he wants is the cause of his outspoken abruptness. “Ben, I’d like to, honest injun; but Aunt Polly well, Jim wanted to do it, but she wouldn’t let him; Sid wanted to do it and she wouldn’t let Sid. Now don’t you see how I’m fixed? If you was to tackle this fence and anything was to happen to it-“Oh, shucks, I’ll be just as careful. Now lemme try.” (Tom 106) Tom is a fearless young boy and isn’t smart enough to realize the consequences of how damaging other people’s property is against the law. Tom has a careless attitude towards life and it will come back to bite him one day. Once he grows up and realizes he’s making a wrong choice about fixing the fence, he will know that trespassing is wrong. Tom is careless, and his lack of education causes him to be...
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