The Portrayal of Journey in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Happiest Refugee

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A journey is the act of travelling from one place to another. Physical journeys in particular involve this simple process, though a physical journey includes more than just movement. Also involved are the challenges and obstacles which face the traveller emotionally. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, and Ahn Do’s memoir, The Happiest Refugee, both exhibit this concept of an underlying journey that lays the fundamental bulding blocks of characters. These two texts offer an insight of the emotional side of a journey.

Through the use of juxtaposition and personification, symbolism is created by Twain to focus on the dissimilarity between life on the river, and life on the shore. Twain contrasts the precarious
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The brutality of slavery in the Southern States is satired through society’s attitudes. Though Huck’s values have been formed by his confined context, he is given the opportunity on his journey to overlook the prejudices of society and grow as a character. “Jim cared just as much for his people as white people cared for their people. It don’t seem natural but I do believe its true”. This demonstrates the power of the journey to provoke change emotionally within Huck. This also confirms that throughout his physical journey, Huck develops emotionally.

Similar to Huck, Ahn Do finds himself expressing his emotions. He does so by using flashbacks through the use of anecdotal stories from when he was younger. "One day I was eating chips when I found a green one, so I called up to get a refund. I sent off the chip and a week later, a humungous box of chips was delivered to my door.” This gives background to the character and how he progressed as a person throughout the journey. The audience find that much of the humour and wit in the novel come from his portrayal of events.

The extended metaphor of the river, on which the majority of the plot takes place, provides a means of freedom on the journey. “You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft”. On the river they are completely independent, the raft representing Huck’s detachment from society. The river displays itself as a means of

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