The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Symbolism

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Symbolism

Questions

1. Compare and Contrast Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Although Tom and Hucklberry Finn have many things in common and are very good friends, they also live a life of two totally different lifestyles. Tom, who is a dreamer, lives a life out of romantic novels, and can be amusing and exasperating at the same time. He lives a life out of drama and brings out his imagination in a realistic way. He is amusing when showing his understanding of what he has read and he loves to replay what has happened He is a leader and is idolized by many including Huck. Huck, much different than Tom, does not engage in the fantasies that Tom does and has little interest in them. He is
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Huck does whatever he can to keep his word that " he will not tell on Jim." When Huck hears that Jim is jubilant at the thought of escape, and also that Jim plans to steal is necessary, his own children out of slavery, he is horrified at this and shocked at his own part in such an "immoral" undertaking.
Not only a plot device, Jim is also the person who brings Huck to a series of important moral decisions throughout the book.. As they travel more and more into the their adventure, you can see a stronger and stronger bond growing between the two. They rely on each other and are both an essential part to their lives.

3. Analyze the significance of the Mississippi River in the novel.

The Mississippi represents a place of good. Huck and Jim, find their freedom while traveling down the river. It is a pace where they do not have to worry about the evil of society. It is a place where they can drawback from society and just relax. " It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big river, laying on our backs looking at the stars..." As they travel down the river,
Huck and Jim develop a loyal friendship that is very great. The river is a place out of society where the two can get away and enjoy their freedom.

4. By using examples from the plot and characters in The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn,