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Have you ever heard of the great Mark Twain Many people have and recognize his novels by name especially his most famous book called Huckleberry Finn The great thing about Huck is that it was meant to be a simple book but ended up deemed a classic The reason for this is that it contains many great american themes and motifs Many American novels books and movies also contain these themes and motifs making it very easy to compare Huckleberry Finn to Pleasantville Although very different stories in comparison Huck and Pleasantville have the same motifs Both the movie and the book have the motifs of going west rebel vs the establishment and Jim CrowShaman This essay will compare these common American motifsThe go west motif is about the characters running away or escaping from where they previously were this doesnt necessarily have to include a trip west In Huck Finn the river is the tool used to help Huck and Jim escape from their life The river helps to take Huck and Jim away from civilization and reunite them with nature The river also helps to free them from slavery Huck being a slave to the Widow Douglas and Jim actually being Miss Watsons slave In Pleasantville a life in colour is how the townspeople are allowed to go west When they are in black and white they have the perfect life meaning that nothing can ever go wrong therefore they can never learn from their mistakes When David introduces the thought of thinking for themselves to the teenagers of Pleasantville they begin to notice that there are other places in the world this begins to change things from black and white to colour Both stories contain the motif of going westAnother motif in these two works is the Rebel vs the Establishment motif In Huck the rebel would be Huck and one of the establishments would be the civilized people in the book
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