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Many plays and novels use contrasting places to represent opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of the work The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a good example of this In this novel the land and the river represent opposed forces The land is one of the opposing forces in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The land represents hardship On land Huck has to deal with problems such as his father Huck has to worry about his father taking his money and beating him This is a major hardship for Huck The land also represents deceit When Huck leaves the raft he dresses up differently changes his name and lies about his background On land the Duke and King swindle many people on land there is a town where people pour turpentine on dogs and light them on fire and on land people kill each other because of an ancient family feud The land represents everything that is wrong with society This fact is central to the meaning of the work The whole story is a display of how society is corrupt and dirty This is all displayed through how the people on land act in the book The land is used as an object to display the things that are unjust and immoral in society The river is an opposing force to the land The river represents the easy life When Huck is on the river he doesnt have to worry about being beaten or having his money stolen His life on the river is one of relaxation Huck and Jim are rarely in a hurry unless they are running from some threat from the land On the river the Duke and King do not swindle others They do tell the occasional lie to Huck and Jim but they do not steal from them or con them out of their money This commonly occurs any time the Duke
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