Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Freedom from Reality

1168 WordsJul 13, 20185 Pages
In Mark Twain’s, Huck Finn, Huck seeks to escape oppression from his father and manages to fake his own death and run away. Just after his escape, Huck meets Jim, a familiar runaway slave to who he regretfully decides to help. Along their journey they travel down the Mississippi River which comes to serve as an asylum away from the influences of society. While the river initially appears to offer freedom from the wrongs of society, it ironically brings them closer towards the oppression of southern society. Initially the river offers Huck and Jim physical and mental liberation from society. Searching for freedom, Huck and Jim learn that they need to use the river as their path to freedom. On the river, they find beauty,…show more content…
As a result, this event also brings Huck closer towards honoring Jim’s rights as a human being. Huck’s adventure down the river is very similar to one of Tom’s adventures in that it offers a false sense of freedom from society. Tom, a seemingly rebel character, pretends to fight society at all cost. His adventures, however, are all imaginary and ironically in reality he is quite happy with the society in which he lives. To Huck, Tom represents an adventurous spirit, which similarly the river offers. The idea of isolation from society and freedom from reality offers another parallel between Tom and the river. Both Tom and the river bring Huck into a world of his own. This allows them to challenge society on the outside, but also makes them lose sight of what their goal is. As we see near the end of the novel, Huck turns to Tom for a path to freedom for Jim. Tom’s failure to bring Jim to safety shows how losing sight of reality causes Jim to be captured. Knowing that Jim is free, Tom decides not to tell Huck and create an adventure to save Jim. This refusal in some ways parallels the needlessness of Huck and Jim’s adventure down the river. Heading down the river, Jim knows all along that Huck’s father is dead. However, he still refuses to tell Huck that he is free from the abuse and oppression of his father, just like how Tom refuses to tell Jim that he is free from the abuse and oppression of slavery. Overall, Huck’s journey down the river opens his eyes
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