Huck’s initiation into adulthood shows his inner struggle to be free from the grips of society. Huck is stuck in a world in which he feels alienated. While in captivation (by the Widow Douglas), Huckleberry is not the person who he wants to be. He cannot seem to escape the grips of society. As he points out, “Jim can say as soon as he escapes from Ms. Watson, ‘I owns myself,’ while Huck is still ‘owned’ by the expectations of society that he become a gentleman and he is being forced to grow up against his will and conform. Huck desires the freedom to be a child, as illustrated in the following quote:
The freedom Huck strives to attain is his right to be a child…….. The unregenerate poetic child alive in his body and sensitive to the mystery of being in the world. Miss Watson correctly perceives the subversive
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