Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Escape From an Oppressive Society

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Huckleberry Finn - Escape From a Cruel and Oppressive Society

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Too precious and dear to let go, the South held on to this institution until the Thirteenth Amendment was signed in by Lincoln in 1865. In this hypocritical society is where The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn finds itself.

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an epic story of the journey of a redneck boy and a runaway slave, escaping the grips of society in the hope of a chance at the freedom they long for so dearly. The novel's author, Mark Twain, also grew up in this society. Samuel Clemens, Twain's birth name, led a life that had a great influence on the works that he produced later in his life. Born in Florida, Missouri, Clemens' childhood was filled with adventures much like those found in both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Following his childhood experiences, Clemens worked on steamboats on the Mississippi River up until the river was closed during the Civil War. The war opened his eyes to the issue of slavery, which shows up in many of his works, including Huckleberry Finn.

Huckleberry Finn takes place when slavery was very much a part of Southern culture and society, nearly thirty years prior to the Civil War. Since the institution of slavery was such a stronghold of Southern society during Huckleberry Finn, Huck's helping bring Jim to freedom makes him an outlaw. In James Wright's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" published in Great

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