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All children have a special place whether chosen by a conscious decision or not this is a place where one can go to sort their thoughts Nature can often provide comfort by providing a nurturing surrounding where a child is forced to look within and choices can be made untainted by society Mark Twain once said Dont let school get in the way of your education Twain states that this education which is provided by society can actually hinder human growth and maturity Although a formal education shouldnt be completely shunned perhaps true life experience in society and nature are a key part of development In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain throws the curious yet innocent mind of Huck Finn out into a very hypocritical judgmental and hostile world yet Huck has one escape--the Mississippi River constantly flowing nearby Here nature is presented as a thought provoking environment when experienced alone The river is quiet and peaceful place where Huck can revert to examine any predicament he might find himself in They went off and I got aboard the raft feeling bad and lowThen I thought a minute and says to myself hold on- spose youd a done right and give Jim up would you felt better than you do now No says I Id feel bad p127 Only a few weeks with Jim and still feeling great ambivalence Huck returns to the river to think Twain tries here to tell the reader how strong the mob really is and only when totally alone is Huck able to make the morally correct decision The natural flowing and calm of the river cause this deep-thought show ing how unnatural the collective thought of a society can be The largest and most obvious test of Hucks character is his relationship with Jim The friendship and assistance which he gives to Jim go completely against all that sivilization has taught him
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