Freedom And Inhumanity In Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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: For the main character in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck, life on land and the way of civilization that goes with it represent constrictive rules and inhumanity. Life on the river on the other hand and the wildness that goes with it represent freedom and humanity. The life and realizations of Huckleberry Finn in the novel show that the life that we thought is clean and organized on the outside is actually very pretentious and inhumane inside and the life that we thought as dangerous and wild is the one that gives us the peace, freedom and sense of humanity. Thesis: Twain compares life on land to life on the river by having all of Huck and Jim’s adventures and trouble making on land while the river is the peaceful retreat from…show more content…
The food that Jim offers Huck symbolically represents the simplicity of the river which portrays a sense of comfort to the reader. Twain depicts life on the raft, which is on the river, as romantic but simultaneously the realist knowledge of the “bad land” is inescapable. Here, Twain is making fun of romanticism because of how Jim and Huck feel like they’re in a utopian world where nothing can go wrong when they are on their raft: “We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free on a raft.” (105). The river as well takes the two away from the horrors of society such as slavery for Jim and child abuse for Huck to the supposed freedom in Ohio. Before Huck and Jim get to the rapids on the river, Huck mentions that he felt confined by society and by Pap, who literally had kept him locked up. The last and one of the most important examples of the river symbolizing freedom is in chapter 19 when Huck and Jim are paddling down river and they “lit [their] pipes, and [are dangling] their legs in the water and [talking] about all kinds of things” (107). When Huck says that “we was always naked, day and night” (107), this quote represents how far of an extent their freedom goes to while on the river; so much so that they can be naked and not have to worry about anyone seeing them until they reach the next
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