River vs The Raft Huckleberry Finn

Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mississippi River, Mark Twain Pages: 2 (867 words) Published: February 1, 2014
In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, Jim and Huck face a lot of difficulties in their own lives which lead them to escaping on the raft. The raft is used to travel on is considered the most dominate symbols in Huck Finn because the Mississippi river is supposed to represent freedom and they use the raft to break away from everything and everybody , to become free. For Jim and Huck this freedom takes many forms like family, rules and respectability. The Mississippi River in Hucks case represents freedom from his father pap, who moved back into town and was demanding Huck to live with him. Pap is a very vicious and scary man. Huck is scared of him. Pap has beaten and almost killed Huck. Pap only comes back to take Huck's money, Pap doesn't care for anything other than his booze and money. "Don't you give me none o' your lip," says he. "You've put on considerable many frills since I been away. I'll take you down a peg before I get done with you. You're educated, too, they say—can read and write. You think you're better'n your father, now, don't you, because he can't? I'LL take it out of you. Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?—who told you you could?" ( Twain 5) Huck's only option to escape is the river. Huck has no freedom under his dad, which he was locked into a room till the point were he had to fake his own death just to escape. The Mississippi River in Jim's case represents the freedom to see his family again and raise his daughter. Jim wants to see his family to make amends with his daughter for the way he acted to her when she was ill, little did Jim know was that she was deaf. He didn't know this up until he screamed at her right behind her, and she acted with no emotion and didn't even flinch. Jim wants to go to the north because they were free states. The further they travel along the river Jim gets closer to the family he wants , while huck gets further away for the family he doesn't...
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