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River vs Shore-- Huck Finn

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Transcript of River vs Shore-- Huck Finn

By contrasting the barbaric events on shore with the calm nature of the river, Twain argues that society on shore lacks humanity and kindness, revealing that true civilization exists on the river rather than in southern society. Shore vs River River - Chapter 18 "The boys both jumped for the river--both of
them hurt--and as they swum down the
current, the men run along the bank shouting
‘Kill them, kill them!" (114). Shore - Chapter 7 “I was powerful glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp. We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all" (117). "...'stead of taking to the woods when I run off, I'd go down the river about fifty mile and camp in one place for good, and not have such a rough time tramping on foot" (39). Shore - Chapter 7 Huck relates hardship to land River - Chapter 18 "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" (117). Raft provides freedom and comfort,
where the shore does not Shore - Chapter 18 Life 'along shore' results in searching for safety, running from those trying to 'kill them' “ . . . ‘stead of taking to the woods when I run off, I’d go down the river about fifty mile and camp in one place for good, and not have such a rough time tramping on foot” (39). Shore represents danger and hardship,
whereas river is safe , consistent , reliable
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