Huckleberry Finn – Symbolism of The River
Rivers flow freely, and smoothly, and people usually go to the river to escape from society and civilization. They feel free with the nature surrounding them, which allows them to rest, and relax in peace. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Twain uses symbolic importance of the Mississippi River. Throughout the story, the Mississippi River plays an important symbolic figure, and significance to the story's plot. For Huck and Jim, the river is a place for freedom and adventure. Mark Twain uses the Mississippi River to symbolize freedom, adventure, and comfort.
For Jim he has nothing else to lose. He runs away from Widow Douglas's house because he finds out that she is going to sell him off to a plantation in the South. ."..I hear ole missus tell de widder she gwyne to sell me down to Orleans..." If Jim was sold to Orleans, he would be farther away from the ...view middle of the document...
Thus, the Mississippi River symbolizes freedom.
Huck follows along with Jim down the Mississippi for an adventure. "I reckoned I would slip over the river and find out what was going on...couldn't I put on some of them old things and dress up like a girl?" Huck and Jim has been on the river for couple of days and Huck wants to know what's going around town. He dresses up like a girl and goes to a house near the Illinois shore, but the woman in the house suspects him to be a boy and he gets caught. He gets the news Jim is wanted and quickly leaves the house to warn him. "There was a boy's old speckled straw hat on the floor; I took that too." Jim and Huck spot a "two-story, and tilted over" boat on the river and they quickly hop on into it. In the boat, they find a dead man, and useful things they might need for later. They gladly help themselves to the belongings, and load it onto their boat. During the journey down the river, they encounter several other adventurous moments.
"Jim, this is a nice...I wouldn't want to be nowhere else but here. Pass me along another hunk of fish and some hot corn-bread." Huck feels relaxed on the Mississippi River with Jim. He is free, and no one can control him except for himself. Huck is so relaxed and just enjoys the free living. "I was power glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp. We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft." The river lets him be whoever he wants to be. For Huck, the river is like home. He feels most comfortable and free on the Mississippi River and does whatever he desires. Huck enjoys nature, and wildlife and loves being away from civilization. His escape to the Mississippi is a way to show his hatred toward society.
The Mississippi River is important in the novel because it plays a very big role. The Mississippi River represents many things. To the main characters, Huck and Jim, it symbolizes freedom and adventure. They wanted to break away from society; therefore they escaped to the Mississippi River where it is peaceful, and calm.