November 19, 2004

Thoughts on the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Freedom

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was overall a very interesting novel that discussed hypocrisy, greed and freedom etc. Freedom is a wonderful thing it is a quality of life that many people cannot describe. According to the Webster's Dictionary the word freedom is defined as the state of being at liberty, rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Unfortunately almost everyone today takes his or her freedom for granted. In the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim and Huck set out on a journey, up the Mississippi to find precious freedom. Huck an adolescent from the south is an impolite orphan taken in by a strict widow named Mrs. Douglas. The widow tried relentlessly to improve Huck's behavior. I however, agree with Nabulia that this book is about how Huck goes as an individual. I also enjoyed reading the other blogs she had on the novel. In the beginning Jim and Huck seemed to have nothing in common, but when they met, it looked like they were trying to find the same thing.

Throughout the book both Huck and Jim search for a beacon of light to guide them in their lives. While doing some research, I found it interesting to have found that Huckleberry Finn was first considered adult fiction. Before I thought the author intended for it to be both adults and children literature. While researching, I also better understood that Samuel consciousness and awareness is larger than that of any of the characters in the novel. What made the book so effective is the fact that Huck is too innocent and ignorant to understand what is wrong with his society and what is right about his behavior.
In my opinion, Huck is a symbol of the adolescence of today. He was looking for the answers of life while on the river. Huck learned how to make intelligent decisions and to trust his instinct because of all the different temptations and bad influences he came across. Many teens learn how to make the correct decisions in life by going with their gut instinct. They learned how to do this because of experience. One of the most important things Huck discovered on the journey up the river was himself. Before his adventure he could not speak for himself, he did not know what he wanted. This too is another important secret of life that teens discover “themselves”. After Huck's adventures on the river Aunt Sally adopts him because he was still in need of guidance and still did not fully understand life. Teens are still taken care of by parents because they too need guidance and knowledge about life.
Although I believe Huck is a symbol of adolescents, Jim is a symbol of some of the adults of today. Jim cannot move up in the stepladder of life because he is bounded by his slavery. The only way for Jim to break free from slavery is to escape from his owner. Today slavery does not exist; but there are still adults wanting to strive for more than what they have. Some of them do not have the skills or the money to move upward in the standard of life, but still find other ways to get there.
The Mississippi River was the place where Huck and Jim's adventures took place. This was where they had the best times of their lives. On the river neither Jim nor Huck was held down by anything, they were free. The Mississippi River symbolized the freedom both of them were looking for. Huck was free in the sense that he found out some of the secrets of life and Jim was free because he no longer was a slave. The Mississippi also led them to where they needed to be in that point in their lives. Jim was brought to free land and Huck was brought to Aunt Sally for more guidance in life.
Today the Mississippi River would not represent freedom, but something that all individuals strive and desire for, success. Everyone today wants to succeed in their lives by studying, working hard, and becoming the influential people of the world. Yes, freedom is wonderful thing but since a majority of people take this priceless gift for granted, they think success is better. Both freedom and success are important elements in life that go hand in hand. If one has no freedom how will they succeed? This is a question that people should consider the next time they take freedom for granted.

Posted by Se-AnnWilliams at November 19, 2004 04:15 PM

I enjoyed reading your blog entry on Huck Finn. I enjoyed the novel, because it is not every day that people will sit down on their own time and enjoy reading a good piece of classical American literature. Being "forced" to do so reminds us of how wonderful these stories are and makes us appreciate them that much more. I also agree with you on the concept of freedom, that today freedom is something that is taken for granted so much and receives so little appreciation that it truly deserves.
Sara Remaley

Posted by: Sara at November 29, 2004 09:43 PM

I am glad that you enjoyed my blog. I agree with you that freedom is taking for granted and I also enjoyed the book. While reading the book I learned that we should not take our freedom for granted and enjoyn every moment of it.

Posted by: Se-Ann Williams at November 30, 2004 06:27 PM

indid is a good view of the book but please can u post or comment on the conversation jim and hucj have about different people with different language what was the reason of that dialects and did the author use it.plesea repaly early is agent.plesea!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: gimba kenneth at May 26, 2006 04:55 AM
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