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In Huck Finn Huck and his companions travel through the Mississippi river and are able to experience free will Their voyage through the expansive body of water has multiple meanings as the river embodies the growth of the young and impressionable product of society- Huck Prior to his adventures in the river Huck led an almost normal childhood Like other children he grew in a cruel racist society where the belief that the white race was superior to others particularly Blacks was commonplace Huck was also the son of an abusive alcoholic father It was from this dejecting experience that Huck gathered strength and became an unusually mature and independent young individual Once he settled for life in the river his maturity made him open to knowledge and realizations that would otherwise be beyond the scope of somebody his age The river which is always flowing symbolizes the flow of time As people get older they also become wiser Huck through the experiences with his companions on the river learns about the flaws in his society from firsthand experiences most importantly he breaks the preconceived notions regarding Blacks Jim the runaway slave shows him that Blacks are just as human as whites forever breaking the stigma instilled by white society After playing a cruel joke on Jim Huck realized that Jim was actually hurt after the latter said When I got all wore out wid work en wid de callin for you en went to sleep my heart wuz mos broke bekase you wuz los en I didn kyer no mo what become er me en de raf En when I wake up en fine you back agin all safe en soun de tears come en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo foot Is so thankful En all you wuz thinkin bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lie Dat truck dah is TRASH
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