Freedom In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Huck struggles to identify the freedom he is experiencing early in the novel. Excluding the raft episode, Huck undergoes numerous encounters with literal freedom and still lacks satisfaction. It soon becomes evident to the reader that Huck’s definition of freedom is something that he is unable to achieve. This is because Huck is chasing a freedom that does not exist. If the idea of Huck’s chasing freedom was the main conflict, the resolution would be found much sooner than the novel’s end. Huck experiences freedom in many episodes throughout the story. An example of Huck's freedom is on the raft. Huck say's "other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft" (Twain 93). Huck admits to having the feeling of freedom which contradicts the argument of Huck’s being on his quest for freedom. Huck experiences freedom again multiple times throughout the …show more content…

On the island Huck was free to do as he pleased. His only problem was feeling lonesome. Huck says, "but by and by it got sort of lonesome, and so I went and set on the bank and listened to the current swashing along…there aint no better way to put in time when you are lonesome; you can't stay so, you soon get over it" (Twain 33). Huck was free on the island, it was his lack of satisfaction that created his discontent feeling. When Huck was with the Grangerford’s he was once again free to do as he pleased. Huck was never in danger when he stayed with them there were no rules that would lessen the liking that Huck took to the Grangerford’s. If Huck was truly just chasing freedom he would have no reason to run, but he did. It is evident to the reader that Huck enjoyed his stay there until Huck was disappointed by the death of Buck. It was the violence in the feud that caused Bucks death that pushed Huck away. These events support the idea that Huck was truly chasing

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