Essay on The Liberties Within The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Liberties within The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an iconic novel that satirizes many of the romantic writers during it’s time. The main character, Huck, is a young boy who lives with a widow and her sister because of his father’s drunken stupors and abusive ways. When Pap comes to take Huck’s money, Huck gives it away, and out of anger for Huck’s indecency and civilized manners, Pap kidnaps Huck and takes him to live with him. Not long after Huck’s arrival, he escapes and fakes his death and floats towards Jackson Island. There he finds the widow’s runaway slave, Jim. Huck helps Jim escape the many threats of capture and in the end steals him from slavery. Within the novel, Mark Twain uses the …show more content…
Jim’s thirst for freedom is truly defined by his time as a slave. Throughout this time Jim’s thoughts change as he starts to believe that he should make his own decisions. Much like Huck, Jim uses his free will to escape. Out of Jim’s free will also come his natural rights, Jim starts to question society and how its morals are applicable, because of this “Jim recognizes, what Huck does not, that all men share a common humanity.” (Chodwick 3723). Jim’s role in finding one’s free will spans a large portion of the novel, especially while travelling down the river:
But their river remains an Eden infested with serpents. Ever touched and invaded by the life of the shore, it provides only moments of true freedom. Tricked by nature, Huck and Jim drift past Cairo, Illinois, in a fog and so lose their opportunity to mount the Ohio to freedom. Once their chance for freedom is lost, they are immediately beset by the serpents of civilization. (Martin 1). Jim’s actions as a citizen, and not as a slave help drive the novel towards freedom when they are captured the most. Mark Twain uses literal and figurative prisons to outline the underlying causes of Huck and Jim’s escape. Although the river signifies the freedom that Jim and Huck share, it is also eluded to as being a figurative prison. The river is signified as a prison because of

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