Mark Twain used this friendship as a means to convey a message to the public. They persevere through many obstacles and learn life lessons along the way. One day, one of the frauds goes ashore and sells Jim as a runaway slave. He is not comfortable with it. However, the two characters encounter the restrictions of freedom through the civilization found on the shore.
Give us a nice four-wheel drive and a good stretch of highway—or, better yet, an airplane with a loaded iPad. A person grows up learning skills and traits from the people around him. Jim from The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn and Ethan Frome from Ethan Frome share many incidents in a indistinguishable occurrence. GradeSaver, 9 April 2006 Web. Venturing onto land has proven to be anything but smooth for Huck and Jim.
Twain wants the reader to see the moral dilemmas Huck is going through, and what slavery ideology can do to an innocent like Huck. The use of the river as a symbol not only expresses the difference between river and land -- the river being the place of peace and harmony, and land being the space where all things bad originate from -- but the river also show the path which Huck must take to reach maturity. Literature is one of the best ways to analyze political climate in a certain time period, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn provides a look into one of the most horrifying periods of American history. Despite this initial representation of Southern society, Huck does not portray the South most of the book. As Huck lives on this island, he meets Jim who he befriends for the time being. In contrast, the River is the space of peace and Harmony. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.
When they manage to find each other again, their raft gets ran over by a steamboat! Many people and many facts lead you to believe Huckleberry Finn represents racism. For example, in the first chapter, the Widow Douglas feeds Huck, and later on Jim becomes his symbolic caretaker, feeding and watching over him on Jackson's Island. Huck goes on the river to get free from becoming civilized and to get away from his pap and Jim uses the river to get freed from slavery. The river also provides freedom from societal standards for both of them. It also gives us an opportunity to examine society today along with ourselves. They both want to become free from their homes, and Jim also has to earn money to support his family.
On the river, Huck has the time to ponder all that goes on around him; he has the time to learn from Jim and also play teacher. Why, it was astonishing, the way I felt as light as a feather right straight off, and my troubles all gone. It was also on the raft that Huck is able to think clearly and realize a lot of things about life. Throughout the story, Twain is able to use the river and the land as vehicles for social criticism, and at the same time, shows how they differ as means of animadversion. Either he is on the land, at the shore of the mighty Mississippi river, or upon a small raft floating downstream. This is a dominant question present throughout the novel Huckleberry Finn. The river never deals with the insignificant matters of society, and allows Huck the freedom to be himself.
The river is physically fluid, flexible, and progressive, just as Huck and Jim are in their imaginatively free acts of empathy with other characters and in their pragmatic adaptability to any circumstances that come their way. On land, Huck has more rules to live by and he has to watch himself so as not to upset the widow or his father. Huck puts a dead snake in Jim's bed, but little did Huck remember that a dead snake's mate will always come after it. They exemplify a certain trust of others. But not Huck and Jim.
Even thought there are many differences of the two living styles, there are also some similarities. The end of the novel may appear to distract from the maturing of Huck and seem to regress Huck back to the state he was at the beginning of the novel. It almost goes to an extent of having its own personality and character traits. Life on the river on the other hand and the wildness that goes with it represent freedom and humanity. You can't pray a lie--I found that out. Although Huck has a safe and pleasant place to stay with the Widow, he is still truly lonely as he describes his yearnings for death.
His fiery attitude about the ills of society shows itself from the first page of this book. Living on land is a more socially accepted way of life where there are a lot of opportunities, both good and bad. His point of view is that of a cynic; he looks upon civilized man as a merciless, cowardly, hypocritical savage, without want of change, nor ability to effect such change. The life and realizations of Huckleberry Finn in the novel show that the life that we thought is clean and organized on the outside is actually very pretentious and inhumane inside and the life that we thought as dangerous and wild is the one that gives us the peace, freedom and sense of humanity. The next land place where Huck finds himself is the house of the Grangerfords. Huck is rejuvenated by the river, when he goes ashore he faces society and all the injustices that it carries.
To Huck the river has sense of freedom. Living on land is a more socially accepted way of life where there are a lot of opportunities, both good and bad. However, although Twain attacks slavery through is portrayal of Jim, he never directly addresses the issue. Huck tries to voice his opinion, but is only criticized on how basic his plans are. The Mississippi River is central to the work of Mark Twain because it plays an important role in his life.