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Juxtaposition in Huckleberry Finn

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McKenna Corey

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Juxtaposition in Huckleberry Finn McKenna Corey, Miranda Dickerson, Caroline Hester, Madison Holbrook and Caitlin Cassidy The Raft and The Widow's Home The Raft:
Free
Easygoing
Unrestricted
The Widow's Home:
Strict
Structured
Civilized The juxtaposition of these two important places in Huck's life expose the flaws in both. The civilized structure has few freedoms, and too many rules restricting Huck's dream lifestyle, which is the one he lives on the Mississippi River. Tom and Huck Tom:
Creative
Complex Thinker
Dramatic Huck:
Rational
Literal Thinker
Simplistic Tom's dramatic approach to things juxtaposes Huck's literal approach. He represents civilization. When he returns, Huck sees him as (once again) superior, and follows his orders, no matter how ridiculous. Huck and Himself Civilized Huck:
Religious
Obedient
Structured Freed Huck
Free
Unrestricted
Creates His Own Morals The juxtaposition within Huck shows the constant inner turmoil that exists throughout the story. Huck wants the freedom the river provides, but a part of him was raised with structure and rules. He must learn to fight both. Huck and Jim Huck:
Educated
White
Strict background Jim:
Black
Uneducated
BUT-
Morally wise "Jim fills a gap in Huck's life: he is the father that Pap is not; he teaches Huck about the world and how it works, and about friendship. But on the other hand, parts of Jim's character belong to a traditional stereotype of the “happy darky”—an imaginary portrayal of the slave as simple, childlike, and contented. Although Jim runs away, he does not strike the reader as overtly “rebellious” or dangerous."

James, Pearl. "An overview of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in, an essay for Exploring Novels, Gale." (1998). Rpt. in Literature Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Literature Resource Center. Web. 4 Sep. 2012.
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