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Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is based on a young boy growing up in Missouri in the mid-1800s The adventures Huck Finn gets into while floating down the Mississippi River show many serious experiences that occur on the dry land of civilization better known as society These events follow after the Civil War and are told through the eyes of Huckleberry Finn He unknowingly develops morally from the influences surrounding him on his journey to personal freedom Hucks moral development begins before he ever gets on the raft that takes him down the Mississippi His mother is dead His father is mainly drunk all the time Huck grows up following his own rules until he moves in with the Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson These two women try to sivilize Huck by making him attend school study religion and act the way they think is the acceptable way to act Hucks free spirited soul keeps him from accepting the lonely life these two women have in mind for him The freedom Huck seeks in Tom Sawyers gang is not much more than childrens games Still Huck thinks that Tom is superior to him because of his more favorable family background Pap and the kidnapping play another big event in Hucks moral development Pap is not sociable and wants to undo all the civilizing that the Widow and Miss Watson have attempted to teach Huck However Pap does not symbolize freedom He encourages drunkenness prejudice and abuse Huck escapes the cabin to search for the freedom he wants After Huck goes to Jackson Island he meets the most influential character of the novel Jim Jim is a run away slave and after talking with him Huck learns that Jim has a family dreams and talents At this pint in the book Huck still believes that blacks are basically different from whites Hucks mind reminds him that hes
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