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Symbol of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Mississippi River
Transcript of Symbol of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Mississippi River
"He was thinking about his wife and his children, away up yonder, and he was low and homesick; because he hadn't ever been away from home before in his life; and I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their'n." (Twain 117)
This quote is about how Jim was homesick on the river and missed his family. Huck then says how he thinks Jim is a good man who cares about everyone just as a white person would care about people. This quote took place late at night on the raft when Jim and Huck were having a conversation with each other. The only reason why Jim is on the raft is because he is trying to get to a free state where he can start over and make a new life for his family. The Mississippi river shaped Jim's life, because without it he would not have been able to get to a free state safely. Although Jim did love spending time with Huck on the river Jim was starting to miss his family. Quote 1:
"Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."(Twain 88)
Jim and Huck felt like there wasn't a better place to live than living on a raft. Huck said this quote after he stayed at the Grangerfords house for a little while. Huck witnessed many deaths during that week and was saddened, but was happy when he got back on the raft with Jim. Huck was glad he got away from the feuds and felt safe on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River was home for Huck and Jim, and they thought nothing of the fact that they were living off the river. To other people living of a raft on the Mississippi River would seem unatural but to Huck and Jim it was their way of life. Quote 3:
"So, in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us." (Twain 154)
Huck said this after he escaped the chaos between the Duke, King, and the real Wilk's brothers. Huck was about to get stuck in a big mess, but luckily he escaped and found his way to Jim and the raft. Huck did not feel free with the Duke and King, but as soon as he was on the river floating downstream he felt free again. On the raft Huck doesn't feel trapped, or tied down like he does in other places. Huck lets all worries go and is open minded. Although Huck felt free for a little bit, it didn't last long because in the next chapter the King and Duke find Jim and Huck. When the King gets close to Huck he nearly strangles him for running off and trying to escape. The Mississippi River represents the journey through Huck and Jim's lives. It also represents freedom for both of them. Example in contemporary society Movie: The Time Traveler's Wife This movie was released in 2009 and it is a romantic drama. This movie is about a man with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, which leads to his marriage. This movie relates to the theme of the Mississippi River because the Mississippi River represented Huck's life and Huck's life was shaped around the Mississippi River. In the movie one of the main characters(Clare) life is shaped all around the man who can time travel(Henry). Clare meets Henry for the first time when she is little, and throughout the rest of her life Henry comes and goes into Clare's life. They eventually end up getting married when she is older, and that is because of Henry time traveling to her when she was little. Henry shaped Clare's life because if she would have never met Henry they would have never fallen in love and gotten married.