The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Essay

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In the past months our class has been reading Huckleberry Finn. Our class has developed the idea that the overall theme is freedom. Although there are three different forms of freedom they all pertain to our story. The three forms of freedom are mental freedom, social freedom, and freedom as a person. The three different forms of freedom are shown by Huck, Tom and Jim throughout their journey. Huck’s overall goal throughout the book is to gain mental freedom. While Huck is trying to find mental freedom, Tom is focused on separating himself from general outlook of a society. The final character, Jim’s main focus is getting away, and making it to free soil in order to live a normal life with his family. Huck, being the main character in our story has the most problems. The main problem he faces is what’s right and what’s wrong. Huck is so far gone from mental freedom that he is willing to do whatever it takes to gain anything of acceptance from people. For example in the story the author states, “All right; but wait a minute. There’s one more thing-a thing that nobody don’t know but me. And that is, there’s a nigger here that I’m a-trying to steal out of slavery, and his name is Jim-old Miss Watson’s Jim. I know what you’ll say. You’ll say it’s dirty, low down business; but what if it is? This quote explains that Huck made up his mind about stealing Jim from slavery but at the same time he knows that it’s wrong because that’s Miss Watsons Jim, and Miss Watson hadn’t done anything to him but try to help him. The reason why I say that he knows that it’s kind of wrong to steal Miss Jim from slavery is because toward the end of his statement he says, “I know what you’ll say. You’ll say its dirty, low-down business.” Another example of Huck having trouble on what’s right and what’s wrong is when the authors say, “Well, I never thought-and come to think, I don’t know.”
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