The River Stages
In the novel Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the Mississippi River flows along with the stages of Huck’s adventures. These stages include Huck before he goes to the river, as he lives on the river, and after he leaves the river. During each of these stages, Huck changes his views on everything. The first stage of Huck’s adventures occurs before he runs away to the river, which describes how Huck remains in civilization and society with everyone he knows. In the opening chapters, Huck can be seen as a young boy whom has a mind that questions many human aspects of life. With the yearn to get away from his drunk of a father that is only trying to steal his money, this mind of his pushes him to the escape from society and great adventures that he is about to encounter that will morph him from a questioning young boy into a mature young adult. Due to many reasons, including his father, school, and his home life, he believes that he hates society and he strives to escape by running to an island on the Mississippi River. When he abandons civilization, Huck can be seen as an immature and childish boy who does not how to properly face life’s issues.
As Huck lives on this island, he meets Jim who he befriends for the time being. Huck’s new friend, Jim, was once a slave under Miss Watson until he ran away to the same island Huck landed on. As they both are on the island together, this stage represents the change occurring in Huck from being immature to the realization of what he did, leaving civilization because he could not handle the stress in his life. Huck begins to realize that he does not want to end up living by himself on an island secluded from the world, like Jim. Jim also yearns to find true freedom, not in the south, but all the way up in the free states. The border of these states lies among the Ohio River. Because of their new mindsets, Huck and Jim decide to leave the island on a raft and travel towards the free states, unaware of the...
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