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Contrasting Places in Huck Finn In the novel Huck Finn by Mark Twain there are two definite contrasting places The land and the river both represent different things and they both contribute to the meaning of the work The book begins with Huck living in St Petersburg with the Widow This place was restrictive and binding The house had rules and regulations which Huck followed without a choice The Widow also taught him about the Catholic religion St Petersburg also represented Hucks insane father An obvious gold digger Pap beat and taunted Huck whenever the opportunity presented itself Both Huck and a servant Jim needed to escape this jail of a life Huck wanted to leave because of Pap and the Widows attempts to civilize him Jim on the other hand yearned for freedom and the idea of not being property As soon as the duo escapes they depart on the Mississippi River The river fast-moving and peaceful carries Huck and Jim quickly away from their problems Thus Huck and Jim are willing to change their attitudes towards each other Huck regards Jim as more of a human being rather than a slave Although land surrounds the river the places from which Huck and Jim want to escape the river symbolizes a place where racial differences are put aside After a short period of contentment on the river Huck and Jim are constantly brought back to the prejudice and injustice of the land Their contact with thieves and frauds show that no matter much time they spend on the quiet and relaxing river society will keep coming back When they miss the Ohio River due to the fog Huck starts to realize the river is not the serene and melancholy place he thought it was When the duke and dauphin come into the story Huck and Jim spend more and more time on land the society they did not want to be a
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