The Adventures of HuckleBerry Finn Essay--"A Place Truly Called Home"

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A Place Truly Called Home

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain tells the story of how a boy who comes from the lowest levels of the white society grow into a mature person from his experiences as he travels down the Mississippi river which forces him to question the things society has taught him. In many parts of the book, a theme of freedom is portrayed. Freedom is taken on many different perspectives for each character in the novel. In Jim, his hunt for freedom is an escape for freedom, while Huck's is to be detached from society which threatens to "sivilized" him. Their hunt for freedom is for a reason of happiness and is shown throughout the novel in Jim's desires of evading slavery and Huck's wish for being uncivilized; which takes place in a raft described from Jim and Huck as home.

From the beginning of the novel, Jim never had any desires of escaping until his owner, Mrs.

Watson, decided to sell him. And from this point on, the thought of being "sold" terrifies Jim and results in eluding from Mrs. Watson. His desire for freedom is obvious when he screams "Dah's Cairo", a city that guarantees freedom to all (97). Slavery places chains on Jim that blockades his happiness and goals in life and the only way to achieve happiness is through freedom--freedom for Jim means escape from slavery and also a release from chains.

When Huck states "But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I cant stand it", it shows his perspective on living with Aunt Sally and his hatred of being "sivilized". He portrays his happiness on the raft when...