Freedom has multiple definitions and it can be perceived differently by different people. In a social aspect, some people might interpret freedom as the exemption or release from slavery (Burchfield, 1075); others might interpret it in a political aspect as an exemption from arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic control (Burchfield, 1075). Jim and Huck have their own definitions of freedom. They look at freedom as their path towards happiness and they overcome several obstacles to obtain their freedom.
As a thirteen year old boy, Huck did not have many demands; all he wanted was to live an airy, uncivilized life. When Huck lived with Ms.Watson, he was constantly told how to behave. Ms.Watson told him how to sit, stretch, and speak (Twain, 2). Eventually, Huck gets irritated and runs away from society, hoping to live a life where he is not controlled by others (Twain, 33). Huck even goes through the means of pretending to be dead, unite with his friend Jim in a forest, and travel on a raft on the Mississippi River as a way to receive his freedom. Huck felt free and relaxed on his raft compared to being with regular society (Twain, 116).
Huck enjoyed going to school and acquiring an education. Reading books was another method for Huck to obtain an education as well. Even though books were an important part of Huck’s life, Huck’s father forbade him reading books which greatly interferes with his social freedom (Twain, 19). He opposed the idea of Huck getting an education because he did not want him to feel like he was better than his own father. According to Thomas G. Palamia, attempting to deprive students of books will result in the loss of the opportunity to apprehend reality (Merino, 71). Bereaving Huck of books will impact his perception of the world. In a political perspective, freedom consists the right to express one’s opinion (Grayling, 257). Books are tools that Huck could have used as a guide to help him