The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

1465 Words Sep 11th, 2015 6 Pages
The word quintessential sounds quite intimidating. What does it even mean? Quintessential is defined in the English language as an adjective meaning “of the pure and essential essence of something: of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something.” The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is indeed the most pure, essential and perfect embodiment of American culture. Mark Twain envelops the joys and the heartaches, the triumphs and tribulations, and the simplest meaning of happiness into a novel that fills a soul to the brim. Nothing feels more patriotic than a story about a brave and courageous young man just trying to discover his own path amongst the influence of others. Even though the time gap may seem extremely large between the book and today, the relevance and inspiration found in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn make it the quintessential American novel. The first concept that comes to mind when thinking of Huck Finn is bravery. What twelve-year-old boy can navigate the largest of rivers and not only survive, but thrive??? Any American knows the stories of persistence and courage of the country’s trailblazers, which can draw parallels to the adventures of Huck. He first escapes his abusive father, fakes his own death and embarks down the Mississippi in the darkest hours. The bravery does not end there. After finding Jim in hiding the both of them continue on a new journey for his freedom tackling treacherous storms, conniving thieves and gang members, and…

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