29 October 2015
What does the Mississippi river symbolize throughout the story?
The river is a symbol of freedom in Huck's journey to New Orleans. In the beginning of the story, the river was a form transportation in order to escape captivity. “I was powerful glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp...We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't.(Twain 18.6)” To Huck, the river portrays life without rules. However they didn’t realize that freedom comes with many challenges. On their journey, both Huck and Jim encounter many obstacles including: Burglars, losing their raft, missing the mouth of the Ohio River, getting caught up in the Grangerford-Shepherdson bloodbath, meeting the Duke and King, and losing Jim to slavery. Huck realizes that the real freedom is on the river when he says, ”So in two second away we went a-sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river, and nobody to bother us.(Twain 256)” Huck learns that with freedom comes responsibility. In order to stay alive both Huck and Jim need to take care of themselves. They had to do …show more content…
This directly affects the freedom of Jim. Huck wants to just go in and bust him out and get out of there. “Tom told me what his plan was, and I see in a minute it was worth fifteen of mine for style, and would make Jim just as free a man as mine would, and maybe get us all killed besides.”(twain 34) Tom has an unnecessary plan to free Jim. Huck goes along with the plan even though it is cruel to Jim. Huck knows what is right and wrong and he begins to make right choices but when Tom comes on the scene, Huck just goes along with whatever Tom says. However he was confused to see that Tom was instantly on board because it would ruin his