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Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn is an adventure story a coming of age book and a satire Throughout the entire book Huck tells of his adventures in town with his pap and traveling down the river with Jim Huck wrestles with his conscience on the rights and wrongs of racism and slavery showing the coming forth of a new generations new way of thinking And Twain satirizes many aspects of society religion romanticism small towns ideals of the time and many others Huck is wrestling with a moral crisis whether of not to turn Jim in for running away from Miss Watson This internal conflict is also ironic because Huck knows the right thing to do would be to turn Jim in but he likes him so much that he is forced to go against society and help Jim Huck and Jim becomes much more than just companions traveling down a river they become friends Jim also takes on a fatherly role to Huck trying to protect him such as when he prevents Huck from seeing his paps dead body Huck and Jim also form a bond because both are working towards the same goal freedom The raft and the river have very important meanings to both Huck and Jim To them this is the only way to escape a society neither fits in to They also represent a certain amount of security for the two runaways Being on the raft in the river they feel safe they are in control of their own destiny not by another person The shore to Huck means civilization a thing he so desperately tries to escape Huck knows that on shore if he is caught he will not be in control of his life and live as he pleases He will have to bathe dress nice eat right go to church and school and obey adults To Jim the shore represents captivity in a way differently from Huck Jim
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