Empathy The theme of empathy is closely tied to the theme of guilt. Ryder Haggard and Jules Verne. One major symbol in the novel is an object--the Mississippi River. Food is again discussed fairly prominently when Huck lives with the Grangerfords and the Wilks. First, there are several themes that are expressed in the novel.
. Slavery The theme of slavery is perhaps the most well known aspect of this novel. Huck Finn is an allegory about good and evil. Huck's views regarding wealth clearly contrast with Jim's. She symbolizes the proper, civilized portion of society, and her aspect of society is one of the reasons Huck takes to the raft to escape.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by , Twain uses symbolic importance of the. Twain uses a simile to compare the King's body-paint with a rainbow, referring both to its impressive spectrum of color and to its half-moon shape, which the King unintentionally mimics by prancing around on all fours with a hunched back. They resolve to steal Jim, freeing him from the bonds of slavery, which is an honorable act. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The heart line of America at the time. Much like the river itself, Huck and Jim are in flux, willing to change their attitudes about each other with little prompting. The pigs lazing about on this puncheon floor are symbolic of the townsfolk, who seek comfort and not personal salvation in the church.
The only place he was really content was on the river. In his personal and public life, Twain was vehemently anti-slavery. This faulty logic appears early in the novel, when the new judge in town allows Pap to keep custody of Huck. The religious people are easily led astray, which mocks their beliefs and devotion to God. First published in 1884, it followed the American transcendental movement when the nation was bursting forth into a new freedom. Considering this information, it is easy to see that provides an allegory to explain how and why slavery is wrong. His goal is to reach Cairo, and Huck is going to help him get there.
Just as the Duke suspected, this crowd doesn't need a great Shakespearean tragedy to entertain them; they just need someone to prance around on stage naked. Huck is disgusted by this, and while he still has a long way to go, he has grown enough to feel the ugliness of this act. By the early 1880s, Reconstruction, the plan to put the United States back together after the war and integrate freed slaves into society, had hit shaky ground, although it had not yet failed outright. It is very much with modern America only it was taken on a little different form to be understood in the modern world. The Mississippi River For Huck and Jim, the Mississippi River is the ultimate symbol of freedom. In addition, they are, of course, always relevant to the novel itself, since adding depth to it is their main purpose. I wouldn't want to be nowhere else but here.
Superstition Superstition appears throughout the novel. He is always practical and natural, exhibiting good common sense except in rare episodes like the part about the snake bite. It is a difficult time to find a new symbolism of place for the Mississippi River in modern America. Tom behaves like a dictator and many of the tasks he has had Huck and Jim carry out are pointless and self-serving. A third challenge, besides character and structure, is landscape or the place, context, medium of the story. Best friends Huckleberry and Tom are both in junctures between childhood and adulthood facing society head on.
From there, the setting moves to various places along the banks of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi is used literally as a form of transportation, moving the raft carrying Huck and Jim down the river. When we do finally learn what Huck's planning to do with the axe, it fulfills this line's promise of violence and danger and sets the stage for future acts of deception later in the novel. Her reasoning is that the money is too good to pass up. Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas, along with several other characters in the story, are typical white Christians of that time, always stressing the importance of having manners and living a pious life.
Societal Issues Finally, Huck Finn contains actual issues that existed at that time, allowing Twain to comment on and point out some of the flaws and vices in his society and solidly placing the novel within the realism style. Huck is an uneducated boy from a particular region of the country, and the language and sentence structure in which he tells his story reflect that. After the steamboat incident, Huck and Jim do manage to find each other again, but not without great cost -- they also managed to drag along two strangers. This enhances the humor of the situation without sacrificing any clarity. Also important to the setting is the time period in which the tale takes place. The several themes that were found in this novel, the symbolism of a few items, the setting of the book and what this novel means to me, create a vivid image to those who read it.
This costs Jim his freedom once again, as he is captured and. Society seems like a place that is holding you back, and the river seems like a place where there are no worries. He seems like a person who is filled with superstitions but later down the river we learn about his fine attributes like his unselfishness and his love for Huck. The book pretty much takes place in and around the river giving it a huge significance. In this passage, the sound of the cannon booming gets further and further away, which measures not just distance but time. If Huck turns in Jim, he loses his best friend and developing father figure, if he doesn't turn Jim in, he'll be forever damned to the pits of hell. Then, a thick fog causes them to miss the mouth of the Ohio River, which was to be their route to freedom.