In “The Adventures Of Huck Finn”, the Mississippi River plays several roles and holds a prominent theme throughout much of the story as a whole. Huckleberry Finn and Jim are without a doubt the happiest and most a peace when floating down the river on their raft. However, the river has a much deeper meaning than just a compilation of water. It almost goes to an extent of having its own personality and character traits. The river offers a place for the two characters, Huck and Jim, to escape from everybody and even everything in society and leaves them with a feeling of ease.
In the middle section of Huckleberry Finn, the river takes on more of a concrete meaning and will be discussed more so in the paragraphs that follows. The majority of symbolism in regards to the river is found in Chapter 18 when Huck and Jim return to their raft after an adventure in which they get caught up with a feud between the Grangerford’s and the Shepherdson’s. Huck believes that he had never felt east till the raft was out of there and two miles below in the middle of the mississippi.
This quotation shows exactly how Huck feels in regards to the river in this case the Mississippi and its ability to portray a peaceful mind-set. The river in this context shows a more peaceful setting than that of society. As the author shows, the river and its society is calm and the land and its society is troublesome in a variety of different aspects. In Chapter 19, we continue to view exactly why Huck felt the river was so peaceful through the various descriptions offered about by the author.
The author in this chapter seems to make his words flow like a river and generally captivate the audience to a point in which they feel the calmness of the river as well. Huck begins by telling that “sometimes we would have that whole river all to ourselves for the longest time. Yonder was the banks and the islands, across the water; and maybe a spark or two, on a raft or a scow, you know; and maybe you could hear a fiddle or a on coming over from one of them crafts. This particular quotation brings an individual into the story to almost picture the aspects described by the author.
In reading this quotation, you can just literally sense the flowing of the river and the peaceful sounds that were outlined. This not only outlines the calmness of nature but the ability for freedom. The freedom is portrayed in the ability to do as one pleases when and even wherever they decide to do so. The last and most prominent example of the river symbolizing peace, calmness, and freedom was the ability of Huck and Jim to when they wanted “lit their pipes, dangled there legs in the water, and talked about all kinds of things. The most surprising aspect was when Huck stated that “We was always naked all the time. ” This continues to portray the theme of peace, calmness, and freedom that is given to the characters by the river. The most obvious is that because the river was so peaceful and calm that it led to their freedom to do as they please without the barriers given by society on land. When reading this part of the novel, I discovered that Huck and Jim were set in a period of time in which society was labeled as somewhat hypocritical, judgmental, and hostile.
However, the characters have one escape, The Mississippi River. The river is a quiet and peaceful place where Huck and Jim can escape to any time to examine any predicament they might find themselves in. The natural flow of the river and its calmness causes deep thoughts, which shows how unnatural the collective thought of society can be. We actually see Huck grow up having the river as a place for solitude and thought, where he can participate at times and other times sit back and watch.
The ideas of nature, peace, and freedom, are presented in the form of the river where Huck and Jim go to think. The river is a very important part of the novel because it signifies calmness, peace, and freedom for both characters. Huckleberry Finn is actually struggling to find himself in regards to his freedom to be an individual created by his own morals and not societies and Jim is essentially looking for freedom from slavery. It is essentially through the river that we see each character grow and realize the capability they each possess.