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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a classic American novel considered by some to be the finest example of American literature It follows Huck and Jim a poor Southern white boy and a runaway slave as they travel down the Mississippi River in a quest for freedom Sometimes regarded as a simple childrens story Huckleberry Finn while still existing on that level also has an abundance of symbolism and meaning thats not immediately apparent The novel contains ideas and observations that Twain felt were significant to the culture and the people he was writing to The primary theme of the book most appropriate considering the time period in which it was written is the struggle between freedom and slavery Huckleberry Finn experiences this struggle as the adults around him attempt to sivilize him and force him to conform to their ideas of appropriate behavior Witnessing their hypocrisy their interest in being SEEN as good respectable people over actually BEING good respectable people Huck instinctively dismisses and rebels against their teachings He resists being molded into something thats pleasing to others but not himself against becoming a slave to the person everyone else wants him to be forever prevented from expressing who he truly is Perhaps more literally Jim also must struggle for freedom A slave all his life he becomes a runaway forced to rely on a white boy whose attitudes and ideas have been molded all his life to view blacks as inferior Hes struggling against society which literally attempts to enslave him as someone whose only purpose is to serve his superiors whites whose life means nothing more than to serve as a piece of property Both Jim and Huck fight for their own forms of freedom when all outside forces are trying to enslave them Both merely want to be the masters of their own lives and persons without external control Not only is this concept
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