The role of the Mississippi River in Huck Finn In Huck Finn, what leads the whole story flow and reveal the whole adventure? It is of course the Mississippi River. In real life, river is always the kind of symbol that represents life, changes, growth, and hope, as they are constantly moving. There are always a lot of stories happened on the river. Water is in it and we cannot survive without it. River always plays an important role of human society, so does the Mississippi River in Huck Finn. The Mississippi River is a river which formed the nation.
It flows right through the heart of America, brings the wealth to the country. In Huck Finn, it is the pathway to freedom, a safe home, but also leads them to adventure a lot of dangers that make them grow, and finally becomes the symbol of Huck and Jim’s friendship. In his novel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, Mark Twain demonstrates how important the Mississippi River is and how the River affected them through the freedom they found, the growth they had, and the friendship they cherished. The Mississippi River is the pathway to freedom. The whole story is basically bout the two individuals out on a raft in a quest for freedom. Huck seeks freedom from his abusive father, the Widows and Miss Watson who try their best to civilize him; Jim seeks freedom from slavery, and actually they both want to get freedom away from the wrongly informed conscious, the foolishness and weakness of human beings in this society, and the violence, cruelty, and greed of so-called civilized society. The river becomes the kind of place that Huck does not have to put up with his abusive father or act like how other people want him to act.
Also, Jim doesn’t need to be a slave, at least on the river, and doesn’t have to deal with racism. When Huck goes ashore, he faces society and all the injustices it carries. When he returned to the raft he felt free again, “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” (Twain 96). The river becomes the place where freedom is felt for Huck and Jim on a grand scale. River is their pathway to freedom. This is the place they can be who they truly are, and who they want to be, which represent freedom.
It provides a place for Huck and Jim to escape from the society that not accept them, and is also not accepted by them. The pathway to freedom becomes the leading part of the adventure, everything happened due the flowing of the Mississippi River. Their pathway to freedom also brings them into a lot of dilemmas and dangers. When they want to escape, the river is the best place. They are joined by two frauds, “duke” and the “King”, who did a lot of horrible acts of trickery and involve Huck and Jim in those acts.
After returning to their draft, Huck says: “I was power glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp. We said there wasn’t no home like a raft after all. Other places do seem cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and comfortable on a raft”(107). Huck’s life is free but surrounded by the unknown and uncertain, just like the river drifting. The Mississippi River brings them to freedom, but also leads them to the dangers and what they are trying to escape. But the river is like a safe home for them at least, because no matter what bad things happened.
It all happened at the towns along the river. Every time they came back to the river, they came back to freedom. The river offers them not only freedom, but also safety, just like their new home. And what they encountered through this journey affected Huck’s value a lot. He realized the importance of honesty, and started to think about the goodness and badness that happened around him. So he started to try his best to help Jane, and try to stop the bad things and cheat the two frauds want to do to the people.
All because after experiencing the up and down in the life, Huck becomes mature, at least a boy who thinks and cares others, not just a little boy any more. As he moves down the river, we see his growth in stages and much of it is due to his experiences on the water, which ultimately becomes his moving home. Not only did Twain use the Mississippi River as a symbol of freedom, but also uses it to shows the friendships between them. When Jim is sold back to slavery, Huck is so worried and sad about Jim, and tries his best in order to save his friend from slavery.
He said to himself worriedly: “I went right along, not fixing up any particular plan, but just trusting to Providence to put the right words in my mouth when the time come, for I’d noticed that Providence always did put the right words in my mouth, if I left it alone” (199). Huck means he didn’t have a plan to rescue Jim, but he would think of one when he had to. This shows me his loyalty to Jim. At the beginning of their journey, Huck and Jim are just two runaways who decided to go together as partners.
As the story progresses, and all the adventure they went through, Huck and Jim both treat each other as their real friends. The Mississippi river provided this chance to them. Traveling further down the river also causes Huck to think of Jim as an equal human being and not just a slave. It is and always is the main leading question in Huck Finn, it is the most concerned question when readers read this novel. Finally, Huck transcends his racisms and sees Jim as a man and his true friend. The river proves the friendships between them. The Mississippi River leads the whole story flow, plays a key role in the action.
The Mississippi is more than a setting for these adventures, however it is a symbol. It is the symbol of freedom, home, growth, and friendship in the Huck Finn. As their journey on the river, they enjoy the moment of freedom, they started to value the world more practical and more clearly through the process of growth, and to see each other as the real friends. The river helps them grow and know the world better. Huck and Jim both found themselves better because of their adventure. Works Cited Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Penguin, 1986. Print.