Escape To Freedom Essay

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Escape to Freedom Over the course of history individuals have fought and died to gain and protect their freedom. While some humans perceive freedom as being able to do whatever comes to one’s mind without hindrance, others believe it is the absence of subjection to foreign domination. Regardless of what people can comprehend about being free, it cannot be accomplished or achieved until the person finds themselves away from what hinders them from what they desire. In Mark Twain’s novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the raft becomes the basis for the protagonist, Huck, and the runaway slave, Jims, escape. The raft, at first, is merely Huck and Jim's method of transportation; however, over time it also becomes a home, a place of comfort, and a place for emotional breakthroughs in Huck and Jim's friendship. Although the raft represents different physical and psychological elements in the novel, in the end, the raft symbolizes Huck and Jim's accomplishment in achieving the lifestyle they desired. Huckleberry Finn and Jim spend the duration of the novel struggling to obtain freedom and escape different forms of slavery. Jim's run for freedom is obvious as a black man, but the reasons for Huck's ventures do not appear to be as apparent. Not only is he running from his father, but also the civilized life that Mrs. Watson and the widow would like him to lead. While Jim desires to integrate into society as an equal, Huck yearns to be uncivilized. As Huck and Jim encounter the Duke and Dauphin the raft is used for the getaway of numerous scams. Consequently, the raft that once was an instrument used to escape to freedom was altered as a way to maintain the small freedom they sustained. When the Duke, the Dauphin, and Huck go ashore in one town to feel out the situation Jim stays with the raft. As a result this costs Jim his freedom once again, as he is captured and sold by
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