Theme Of Slavery In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is the classic American tale told by, and about a young man named Huckleberry (or Huck) Finn and his time on the Mississippi River. Along with his devoted friend Jim, a runaway slave, Huck experiences many dangerous as well as exciting occasions during his time on the Mississippi. During this time he also experiences guilt about helping Jim escape. In addition to this he deals with confusion of the concept of slavery and racism, both of these themes continue throughout most of the book. One of Huck’s most entertaining experiences is with two con men who trick Jim into believing that they are royalty. For about ten or so chapters these men use Huck and Jim to con the cities they pass for everything they have. Eventually, however, they stop making money and decide to sell Jim to a farm in order to get some extra cash. For the next nine or so chapters we see Huck pretending to be the owners of the farm’s nephew, Tom Sawyer. Eventually the real Tom Sawyer shows up and pretends to be his little brother, Sid. During their time at the farm, they make an elaborate plan to help Jim escape. When they finally do get him free, Tom gets shot in his thigh resulting in the capture of Jim once again. Once back at the farm Tom tells the whole escape plan to his aunt, who did not suspect them at all. Finally, he reveals that Jim had been free the whole time because his former owner had died and had freed him in her will. The book ends with Jim
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