The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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In the novel The Adventures Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, a theme of freedom is expressed. Freedom takes on a different view for each character in the novel. In Jim, the runaway slave, and Huck's, the troublesome boy, journey, they acquire freedom. Jim's hunt for freedom is an escape from slavery, while Huck's is a method to get away from the civilized world. Their search for freedom is for one reason, for their happiness. This is expressed throughout the novel in Jim's wish of escaping slavery and Huck's desire for being uncivilized.

From the beginning of the novel, Jim lives his life as a slave living with huck. He is fairly happy and cheerful until one day, when he overhears his owner, Mrs. Watson, talking about selling him to New Orleans for eight-hundred dollars. Jim becomes frightened and runs away from Mrs. Watson. From that point, Jim turns into a runaway slave. His journey with Huck down the Mississippi river commenced with only the fear of being caught as a runaway slave. Later in the journey, Jim starts to crave for freedom from slavery. This is revealed in this quote when Huck describes Jim's reply about being free in Cairo, "Jim said it made him all over trembly and fe verish to be so close to freedom" (97). Jim's excitement is also displayed in more actions about 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 excitement for freedom is
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