I—I RUN OFF" (37). This quote is showing where Jim ran away from his masters home and town so that he can free himself and his family. The town is also keeping Huckleberry Finn “captive” to. Throughout the novel Twain talks about how Huckleberry Finn feels trapped in the town and how he wants to escape civilization and his father. “Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store, three miles, to the ferry, and traded fish and game for whisky, and fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time, and licked me.”(Twain 34).
The friendship they developed on the river and through their adventure causes Huck to be more concerned for Jim’s safety than society’s need to keep Jim captive. Huck, therefore, sees Jim as his friend and ignores society’s expectations to treat him less than human. After tearing up the letter he writes to Miss Watson, Huck “... studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’” (214). Huck realizes that Jim is in need of assistance so he decides to do what is morally correct, which is to help Jim escape. Huck decides to act on his morals rather than be held captive by society; Huck believes that he has to act in the best interest of Jim and does not consider what society believes is acceptable behavior.
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
In James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, and Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the central characters go on journeys in a pursuit of self identity. Following a common theme of travel, Johnson’s ex-coloured man discovers what it is to live as a person of colour while Jim and “Huck” learn lessons about freedom and racial cohesion in their time spent together on the run. In their individual growth, characters learn to better relate and respond to the larger society of their times. Hans Christian Anderson once said, “To travel is to live.” In travelling, characters are displaced from familiarity and forced to build on their own abilities for survival. In exploring and experiencing new places, characters mature
This event is Huck’s call to adventure as this moment because it represents a new, exciting, and unpredictable adventure that Huck doesn’t know he’s entering.Huck’s Abyss occurs as Jim is sold back into slavery and Huck is worried that he’ll be recognized as an Abolitionist and many will outcast him. This is demonstrated when Huck explains that Jim will tell others about him and “it would get all around that Huck Finn helped a nigger to get his freedom; and if I was ever to see anybody from that town again I’d be ready to get down and lick his boots for shame”(215). This is the complete abyss and deconstruction of Huckleberry Finn, he is overwhelming shamed that he helped a “nigger get his freedom”. The psychological battle of Huck vs Civilization has been clearly won by civilization because Huck is willing to renounce his only friend in order that society would accept him. Huckleberry Finn is ashamed to be labeled as an abolitionist and is willing to forgo his own beliefs and his only friend in order to be accepted.Huck’s transformation is the pinnacle point of the novel.
Contends Professor Gary Wiener in his book Understanding “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that the river seems to be a relaxed environment that is away from society itself (77). Similarly, professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Everett Emerson, expresses a similar idea in his article “The Complexity of Huck’s character” in the anthology Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” that Huck and Jim can be normal or act like themselves on the river, long away from society’s judgement (67). Some people feel the need to be far away from civilization in order to have peace within themselves. The sole reason why people have vacation homes is so that they will be away from the pressures and stress they feel from other people back in reality. Some of the best memories that I had as a child was going to my family farm.
However, he is kidnapped by his father who mistreats him and confines him to a cabin along the river (Twain, 34). This situation is the basis of their fugitive lifestyle as Huck reunites with Jim, who is also escaping from his captivity. The two get the opportunity to share with each other and their bond is made even stronger as they are faced with similar aspects of living life while on the run. Their journey along the Mississippi River, through Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas are full of adventure as they travel seeking their refuge place. Jim aspires to reach another southern state that is free of slavery practices and hopes to someday buy freedom for the rest of his family.
Everybody has someone in his or her life who teaches him or her how to be a better person. Throughout the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses Jim, a slave, as a source of symbolism for Huck’s maturity. First, Jim teaches Huck about what it truly means to be civilized. Next, Jim shows Huck about the value of family. Lastly, Jim teaches Huck about racial inequality and how to accept people.
It is said that if you carry your childhood with you, you will never grow up. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the protagonist, Huck Finn, proves to leave his childhood behind in all he endures while helping a runaway slave. Set in various states along the Mississippi River in the years before the Civil War during which slavery is prominent, Huck Finn is a character who swims against the tide and makes his decisions based on his conscience, not on the influence of society. Although Twain portrays Huckleberry Finn as uncivilized, stubborn, and naïve, initially, by the end of the novel, Twain provides the reader with a “grown up” Huck who ignores societal standards and champions the well-being of all humanity, race, ethnicity,