Rules of prey

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In Huck Finns time, which was the 1800's slavery was very popular. Many farm owners and plantation owners had slaves to work for them. The slaves were treated really badly. Huck Finn on the other hand, was friendly with them. The book Huck Finn by Mark Twain is an American classic that is a symbol of carefree youth. Throughout the book there are serious themes intertwined with the mischievous antics of adolescence. One of the broadest themes represented in the book Huck Finn by Mark Twain touches on freedom through the characters of Huck and Jim.

Huck is a 13-year-old, who gets into trouble all the time; he is semi-literate boy who refers to learn about school, God, and society. He calls the blacks by the N-word because he has never heard them called anything else. He's been brought up to see blacks as slaves, as something less than human.

His best friend was Jim a black slaves. Huck's freedom is a setback to him in many ways because it holds him back from getting an education and being a functioning member of society. This is the author's way of saying that there needs to be a balance between freedom and rules.

Jim's opinion is that he wants to be free from Mrs. Watson. He also wants to be like Huck free from nature and society; he explains his freedom as superstition. For example, he wants to be free like a bird that can fly away and do whatever he wants without anyone telling him he has to do. Journey to freedom is literal, meaning that he has no rights besides those given to him by his owners. He knows he wants freedom, to make his own choices and decisions, but he doesn't really know what a life of...