Essay on The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

1271 Words Jan 5th, 2016 6 Pages
There are many themes in the novel Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain has saturated the book with easy symbolism that is taken for granted unless sought for. The river, for example, is a huge symbol that is part of the entire book. It has been interpreted metaphorically, literally, structurally, and morally. The Mississippi helps the plot of the book advance. There are many shapes that the River takes to form the story of Huckleberry Finn. The story before Huckleberry Finn gets on the river is merely introductory. The book just begins with introductions of the characters, and the backstory that has gotten Huck into this situation. The river helps Huckleberry Finn leave his pap by escaping on a canoe when he had staged his own death. The real adventure begins after Huckleberry Finn steps onto the river. The river brings many escapades for Huckleberry Finn, which helps him start gaining a sense of maturity.
The river seems to start to truly influence Huckleberry Finn when he meets Jim on the island. They both decide to travel together on the raft, which could be risky if Huck gets caught helping a black fugitive escape from his owners. This also gives them a sense of freedom that only escaping on the river can bring. The start of the book truly begins about a fourth of the book in, when the river is introduced into the novel. A big theme that the river takes is freedom. Huckleberry Finn is able to escape what he feels confining at the beginning of the book. Jim is also able to…

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