People often hesitate to accept what they do not understand. In the absence of love and compassion, it is no question that fear, ignorance, and hatred, all contribute to a melting pot of negativity in the world. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is about the love and friendship cultivated by a young boy and a black slave on the Mississippi River. Despite the pair’s differences, they are able to endure the struggles and difficulties that the toilsome journey brings. Mark Twain, in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, emphasizes the shift in Huck’s view towards slavery by contrasting Huck’s initial tone of reflectiveness to his assertive tone, both collectively addressing the issue of racism in society.
Jim becomes frightened and runs away from Mrs. Watson. After Jim runs away from Mrs. Watson, Jim becomes a runaway slave. Jims journey with Huck to freedom commenced with only the fear of being caught as a runaway slave. Later in the journey, Jim starts to crave freedom from slavery. Twain states , "Jim said it made him all over trebly and feverish to be so close to freedom" (97). Jim's happiness is also expressed as they’re getting closer and closer to Cairo, as Huck describes more, "Jim was fidgeting up and down past me. We neither of us could keep still. Every time he danced around and says, "Dah's Cairo!" (97) Jim's happiness for freedom is obvious. The only way Jim can attain his happiness is through freedom.
In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both Jim and Huck have their own situations they wish to gain freedom from; this makes them more equal than first expected. Also, once they are on their track to freedom, they discover their freedom is found in nature as well. However, Huck and Jim’s sense of freedom differs, but not excessively. Huck’s freedom is that on the emotional side of freedom; freedom of thought/society. While Jim’s, on the other hand, is freedom based on a physical barrier known as slavery. Both have civilization as a sort of wall pushing them away from the goals of freedom they wish to accomplish, this is where nature; the river, takes place.
Mark Twain was born on the Missouri frontier and spent his childhood there. His real name is actually Samuel Langhorne Clemens. At the age of 12 he quit school in order to earn his living. At the age of 15 he already wrote his first article and by the time he was 16 he had his first short novel published. In 1857 he was an apprentice steamboat pilot on a boat that left Mississippi and was leading towards New Orleans. His characters were created because of the people and the situations he encountered on this trip.
In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain juxtaposes two environments that tackle many different aspects of life. From Christian reforms, domestic abuse, and slavery to reflective solitude and liberation, Twain brings together a plethora of obstacles for the main character Huckleberry Finn and his companion Jim to encounter and assimilate. The two contrasting settings depict intermingling themes of the repressive civilization on land, the unrestricted freedom on the raft, and the transcendentalism that Huck and Jim experience during their escape from captivity towards liberation.
"The Widow Douglas, she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn't stand it no longer, I lit out."
On the other hand, Jim was not given the same amount of freedom as Huck. To Jim, freedom is the thing he strives for the most in his life. "Jim was fidgeting up and down past me. We neither of us could keep still. Every time he danced around and says, “Dah’s Cairo!”’ (Page 88). This exemplifies Jim’s joy of the voyage to Cairo and just the thought of freedom. Though they are not that close to Cairo when he says this, just floating around on the raft and knowing that he will be there soon is enough excitement for him. “Dah, now, Huck, what I tell you? What I tell you up dah on Jackson Islan’?... en it’s come true; en heah she is!” (Page 293). This demonstrates Jim’s journey coming to an end and him finally reaching pure freedom and having true happiness.
Freedom is what defines an individual, it bestows upon someone the power to act, speak, or think without externally imposed restraints. Therefore, enslavement may be defined as anything that impedes one’s ability to express their freedoms. However, complete uncompromised freedom is virtually impossible to achieve within a society due to the contrasting views of people. Within Mark Twain’s 1885 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, numerous controversies are prevalent throughout the novel, primarily over the issue of racism and the general topic of enslavement. The characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn along with their development take an unmistakable, resilient stand against racism and by doing such in direct relation
Freedom is the main thing that the four main characters of Huck Finn, Caged Bird, and Their Eyes Were Watching God yearn for. In the Adventures of Huck Finn, Jim struggles to find freedom. With Huck on his side, their whole adventure is dedicated to finding freedom from slavery, and from the constraints and oppression of an uncivilized society. Jim started off as a slave in the beginning of the book until her overheard his owner Miss Watson talk about selling him away. (Twain, 32)
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.” (Jim Morrison) in this quote Jim Morrison ,a singer songwriter and some call the most influential frontmen in rock music, describes how freedom is portrayed in the world we live today, because so many of us just accept on what the world expects of us. A perfect example of what he is saying is in the Mark Twain classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn describes freedom on many different ways for different people, and how people just like Huck who don't believe in what society says is right or wrong . Huck the rebellious little boy who just want to be by himself away from the chains of civilization, and then Jim the father like slave who wants to escape the chains around his ankles
As a result, Huck runs away from not only his father, but also to escape civilization and in the process, comes across Jim who is Miss Watson's freedom-seeking runaway slave despite their differences in race they both realize they’re searching for the same thing which is freedom. In the story Mark Twain uses symbolism, irony and diction to stress the overall theme of freedom. To begin with throughout the duration of the story Mark Twain uses the Mississippi River to symbolize freedom not only for Huckleberry Finn (shmoop 1) “who feels confined by both society (which, figuratively, kept Huck imprisoned by its restrictive rules) and by Pap (who, literally, kept Huck locked up)” but also for Jim who is in search of freedom and a life without slavery. For example, in the story Huck states "So in seconds away we went a-sliding down
In the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain expresses freedom between two friends. Mark Twain shows the different interpretations of freedom between Huck and his friend Jim. One example of freedom in this book is the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the a gateway into the states without slavery. Jim and Huck hop onto a steamboat to go into the states.
“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing.” In the novel of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is a classic piece of literary art. Throughout the novel, which has been enjoyed by millions of readers, shows the journey to freedom through many characters. The primary setting of Huckleberry Finn takes place along the Mississippi River in the 1830’s. In everyone’s lives, you have your own journey of how you achieved freedom. Like many characters in Huckleberry Finn, Twain decided to point out Huckleberry’s, Jim’s and a few others story of how they became free. Each character should work on their communication skills because communication is a big part of the novel that was used improperly, if it was used properly then everyone would have achieved
In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain presents the problem of slavery in America in the 19th Century. Twain poses this problem in the form of a character named Huckleberry Finn, a white boy raised in the antebellum South. Huck starts to question his view regarding slavery when he acquaints himself more intimately with a runaway slave while he himself tries to run away. Huck’s development as a character is affected by society’s influence on his experiences while growing up in the South, running away with Jim, and trying to save Jim. Although Huck decides to free Jim, Huck’s deformed conscience convinces him that he is doing the wrong thing.
Jim, on the other hand, became a runaway slave to be with his family. Jim is a slave for Ms. Watson. Jim doesn't complain about what he does for the Watson family. In fact, he cares for them even though he doesn’t get treated equally. He is content with his life until one day he heard Ms. Watson talking about selling him to New Orleans. If Jim got sold, then he would be separated from his family. Jim became a runaway slave and ended in the same place as Huck, Jackson Island. Since Jim was a slave, Huck and he were worried about being caught as they travel down the Mississippi River. Later in the book, Jim didn't care about getting caught; he just wanted to be a free slave. He learned that being a slave kept him from being his own person. He had no goals in life before he became a runaway slave. This journey helped Jim come closer with himself more than anyone else. Being free meant escaping from the social oppression Jim was locked up in.