Huckleberry Finn Essay

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River of Life and Realism in Huck Finn

In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses the river to symbolize life and the adventures of Huck to show the realism in the novel. These two elements are shown throughout the book in many different ways. Sometimes one would have to really sit down and think about all the symbolism in this classic novel.
T. S. Eliot stated, “We come to understand the River by seeing it through the eyes of the Boy; but the Boy is also the spirit of the River'; (333). Throughout Huck’s adventure, as he and Jim are traveling down the river on a raft to Cairo, we see the admiration Huck has for the river. He sets it …show more content…

The story of Huck Finn and his friend Jim would not have taken place were it not for the great and mighty Mississippi. The flowing and changing of the river symbolizes the progression of Huck and Jim’s adventure. It also symbolizes
Huck’s growth and his realization of his mistakes and how he can turn them into better situations. In the end, both of the runaways’ dreams come true. Jim gained freedom for himself and his family and Huck gained knowledge, and freedom from his Pap forever. In Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the living river protected Huck and Jim and transported them to their dreams(Budd 102-12).
There is a great deal of realism in the novel which is shown in many different ways. As Dean Howells once said, “Let fiction cease to lie about life.';(quoted in Budd 36). The realism of pride and revenge is shown in the Grangerford episode. The Grangerfords were a family caught up in a feud with the Sherpherdson family. No one really knows why they are feuding but each of them know that if they see one of the enemies that they are supposed to shoot and that shows the pride of family. This episode also shows the reality of revenge. After Buck’s dad and brothers are shot Buck and his brothers will

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