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Symbolism – The Mississippi River. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain . The Mighty Mississippi. T he river is Huck and Jim's transportation, taking them from captivity (slavery; child abuse) to (hopefully) freedom in the state of Ohio. T he river ends up

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Symbolism the mississippi river

Symbolism – The Mississippi River

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain


The mighty mississippi

The Mighty Mississippi

  • The river is Huck and Jim's transportation, taking them from captivity (slavery; child abuse) to (hopefully) freedom in the state of Ohio.

  • The river ends up

    symbolizing freedom

    in its own right.


Ol man river

Ol’ Man River

  • Before hitting the rapids, Huck feels confined—both by society (which, figuratively, kept Huck imprisoned by its restrictive rules) and by Pap

    (who, literally, kept Huck locked up).

    And the river is the only route they

    can take if they want to be free both

    in that present moment and in their

    respective futures. 

  • to Huck, the river represents a life

    beyond the rules of society. 


The big muddy

The Big Muddy

  • For Huck and Jim, the Mississippi River is the ultimate symbol of freedom. Alone on their raft, they do not have to answer to anyone. The river carries them toward freedom: for Jim, toward the free

    states; for Huck, away from his

    abusive father and the

    restrictive “sivilizing”

    of St. Petersburg.


The raft and the river

The Raft and the River

  • Floating down the middle of the river might be the only place this black man and white boy can speak together as equals; it provides a space for Huck

    and Jim to get to

    know each other

    man-to-man rather

    than master-to-

    slave.


Proud mary

Proud Mary

  • Despite their freedom, however, they soon find that they are not completely free from the evils and influences of the towns on the river’s banks. 

  • Even early on, the real world intrudes on the paradise of the raft: the river floods, bringing

    Huck and Jim into contact with

    criminals, wrecks, and stolen

    goods. 

  • a thick fog causes them to miss

    the mouth of the Ohio River,

    which was to be their route to

    freedom.


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