The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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The Mississippi River holds great sentimental value for many in the South; sometimes it is said to be the life of the South. However, in Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Mississippi River serves as more than an important landmark; it is the setting for a wild adventure for two troubled young men, Huck and Jim. Rivers can be seen as mysterious pathways to new beginnings, chances for people to escape their current situations while changing their perspective on life. In the book, Twain takes this role of the river further by showing how Huck and Jim use it to liberate themselves from different forms of injustice. Thus, Twain uses the Mississippi River as a transit way to diversity and freedom that takes people to new beginnings. However, Twain also demonstrates that the river contains its own set of struggles and injustices, and while one can experience some degree of freedom on the river, one can never completely escape the natural struggles of life even there. In the beginning of the novel, Huck becomes aware that his father’s abusive ways are out of control, so he decides to flee down the Mississippi River away from his father’s house. Huck presum es he will have a better life once he gets away from his father. “I run off, I’d go down the river about fifty mile and camp in one place for good, and not have such a rough time tramping on foot”(Twain, 55). Here, Huck expresses his feelings about fleeing down the Mississippi. His intentions are to…

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