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The Mississippi River
symbol of freedom. Alone on their raft, they do not have to answer to anyone. The river carries them toward freedom: for Jim, toward the free states; for Huck, away from his abusive father and the restrictive “sivilizing” of St. Petersburg
Miss Loftius
-She gives huck info
-she says her husband is going to the island to look for run away niggers.
Hucks Regression
-goes along with toms plans
-when he talked to aunt sally he says "only a nigger killed"
-tell jim he is acting "white on the inside"
Verbal Irony
says one thing, but means the opposite.
Dramatic Irony
the person cannot see or understand whats going on, but the audience or reader can.
Situational Irony
a circumstance that cannot be explained logically
Huck:Didn't tell on Jim when he ran away, Tried to return stolen money to girls, Tried to escape from Duke and King after burial
civilization and "natural life"
Huck represents natural life through his freedom of spirit, his uncivilized ways, and his desire to escape from civilization. He was brought up without any rules and has a strong resistance to anything that might "sivilize" him.
Mockery of Religion
Twain tended to attack organized religion at every opportunity, and the sarcastic character of Huck Finn is perfectly situated to allow him to do so. The attack on religion can already be seen in the first chapter, when Huck indicates that hell sounds like a lot more fun than heaven. This will continue throughout the novel, with one prominent scene occurring when the "King" convinces a religious community to give him money so he can "convert" his pirate friends.
The role of superstition is two-fold: it shows that Huck and Jim are child-like in spite of their otherwise extremely mature characters. Second, it serves to foreshadow the plot at several key junctions. For example, spilling salt leads to Pa returning for Huck, and later Jim gets bitten by a rattlesnake after Huck touches a snakeskin with his hands.