Overcoming Adversity In Huck Finn

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“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

(Huck Finn is a story of friendship, of overcoming adversity and of doing what your heart tells you, rather than what society says is the right thing to do.) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” describes the story of a young boy, Huck Finn, and an escaped slave, Jim, traveling down the Mississippi River together. As the story progresses and the characters develop, Huck builds a friendship with Jim and is forced to reevaluate how he perceives slavery.

Overcoming adversity
Huck’s journey down the river is not only in search of Jim’s physical freedom, but is also in search of his own moral and mental freedom. It is by overcoming such adversity that Huck begins to find freedom and to grow into a wiser and more mature person. Huck learns from the mistakes of others, and develops a friendship with the escaped slave, Jim. Huck’s journey exposes him to the brutal realities of society and uncovers its many shortcomings. By the end of the novel, Huck and Jim treat each other much as they did on the …show more content…

Throughout the story, the author, Mark Twain, creates a social critique by juxtaposing freedom against slavery, civilization and other social norms. The reader understands that it is not only Jim who is looking for freedom, but Huck as well. While Huck is not a slave, he still feels trapped by the restrictions society has placed upon him. The entire novel reveals Huck 's resistance to conformity in a culture filled with hypocrisies. At the end of the novel, Huck is once again given the opportunity to reenter society. Again, Huck decides he wants his freedom. Evidently, his time floating down the river with Jim was not just an escape from a difficult situation, but the acquisition of the very freedom all of us long for., the one that results from individual and true to

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