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Contrasting places are often used in literature to represent opposed forces or ideas which are central to the meaning of the work The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel which tells the story of a boy named Huckleberry Finn and his journey down the Mississippi River Author Mark Twain contrasts the river and the shore in order to get across to his readers the idea that society tends to conform people while nature lets them be free and true to themselves In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the river becomes Hucks home and the shore is the place he avoids The river can represent either a god or a sanctuary Like a god the river guides Huck on his journey It pulls Huck downstream where he meets new people such as the scheming duke and king and the Grangerson family and also reunites him with old friends such as Jim the runaway slave The river can also represent a sanctuary to Huck as well It is a place for him to run to to escape the life he doesnt want It is a safe haven from his father who wants nothing but his sons money The reason Huck turns to the river in the first place is to escape from his drunken abusive father Huck finds much more happiness on the river than with his father or at the Widows home where he is supposed to be living On the river Huck is free to go wherever he pleases and to be whoever he wants to be He doesnt have to look for adventure adventure finds him quite easily The shore on the other hand represents civilization and persecution which is what Jim and Huck want to avoid On the shore Huck is forced to be someone he isnt by attending school wearing fancy clothes and practicing good manners He isnt free to live the kind of life he wants to live
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