The Themes Of Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Saqib Anees
Mr. Groh
English 2/Period 3
January 17, 2018
Huck Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Final Essay In the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn is a teenage son of an abusive father whose inner morals develop throughout the novel primarily by the lessons that he learns while trying to free a slave named Jim. Huck experiences many situations that involve the concept of right and wrong in which Huck Finn develops moral progression and he learns throughout the book that he doesn’t need society’s demands to tell him what to do and how he should act, but to listen to his own thoughts and his conscience. Mark Twain’s message in the book is that society’s demands does not control you and that you can make
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He not only learns how to live away from society’s demands and rules, but he also learns the values of friendship; values in which he uses to make decisions based on what his heart and conscience tells him. The raft that Huck and Jim use on their adventure on the Mississippi River is an important symbol in the book. “So, in two seconds, away we went, a-sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us” (Twain 315). The raft that Jim and Huck use to escape is a major symbol and representation of freedom in the novel. The raft exemplifies an environment in which there are no rules or regulations and where there is complete separation from the outside world. Peace and solitude are a result from this escaped heaven. Mark Twain’s message brings up the idea that the raft also represents a key that unlocks Huck’s own morals and thoughts in which Huck later uses to make the right decisions. In another lesson on their adventure on the Mississippi River was when Huck is approached by men with guns looking for runaway…show more content…
On the journey on the Mississippi, Huck and Jim create a special bond with one another in which Huck considers Jim as not just a human, but as a friend. When Huck was going to send a letter to Ms. Watson, Jim’s owner, Huck was deciding if he would do it or not. “I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever felt so in my life….I’d see Jim standing my watch on top of his’n, ‘stead of calling, so I could go on sleeping…and at last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had smallpox aboard, and he was so grateful, and said I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world…. I studied a minute sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’ – and tore the letter up” (Twain 330-331). This is the first time Huck makes a decision all on his own based on his own morals and conscience. He could have chosen to take the easy way out and return Miss Watson’s “property,” but at some point, during their adventure, Jim became way more than just property in Huck’s eyes. Jim became not only a person, but a friend of Huck. Mark Twain’s message in making your own choices based on your own morals and conscience is, again, expressed when Huck decides that he would not tell Ms. Watson about Jim because he considers Jim as a loyal friend. In the book,
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