The River And The Shore In Huck Finn
The river and the shore
The Mississippi river is much more than a moving mass of water. To many, it symbolizes hope and freedom. This is certainly true for the two runaways Huck and Jim. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The river and the shore are viewed as a contrast between the freedom of the waters and the harsh corrupt society represented on land. Twain uses this setup to exploit how crooked culture truly is. Every time Jim and Huck stop on land, they have an encounter with the residents of one town or another that drives the point home to the reader that civilization is truly deceitful and dishonest. To Jim, the shore symbolizes slavery and confinement from which he tries hard to get away from. To Huck, land is more representitive of the custody he wants to get away from, especially including Miss Watson and his father, Pap.
After Huck and Jim?s raft is run over by a steamboat, Huck finds himself at the Grangerford?s. He finds this family to be very kind and caring, and the only thing that strikes him odd is the religiousness of a
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