"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" By Mark Twain. This essay explains the theme of "People must live outside of society to be truly free." This Essay was graded Hard By a PAP teacher.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain tells about Huckleberry Finn's life on the Mississippi River and the many adventures he experiences on his voyage. In one of the episodes, he and Jim are trapped on a boat with a gang of murderous thieves, but quick witted Huck is able to get them out of the situation without a scratch. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many themes are found including the theme "People must live outside of society to be truly free."

When someone lives outside of society, they tend to ignore or are completely unaware of the government that creates and enforces laws. By ignoring laws, people can act freely without thought of consequence. They can just go on with their lives without worrying about pleasing anyone other than themselves. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and the other characters with him on this journey do not follow set rules, except for Huck in the case of his conscience.

Huck's conscience and moral center guide him into doing the right thing when the king betrays Jim. The king and duke in their many schemes steal from other people and pay no attention to the law about not stealing. When the king and duke play the "Wilks" scam they do not care that they are stealing from three orphaned girls.

People who live outside of society have no obligations; they only have to worry about themselves. All that a hermit needs to do is hunt for or harvest his food, take care of his shelter, and find some small thing to do to entertain himself. This is kind of what Huck and Jim do on the raft, they catch their food, have a wigwam, and talk to each other.

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