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The Search For Freedom In Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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“You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X. Dictionaries say freedom is the state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence. Freedom means you have the power to do what you please and when you please. It gives you the power to in control of your own life and lives your life freely. The book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain revolves around two characters: Huck, a thirteen-year-old, rebellious teenager, and Jim, a runaway slave. Throughout Huck's and Finn's adventures they go through out of the ordinary problems, meet deceitful characters, and find out the true meaning of being free and the consequences of too much freedom.
Huck craved freedom because he wanted to escape his everyday life in society. In the beginning of the book, Huck is stuck with Ms. Watson. Ms. Watson orders Huck, “Don’t put your feet up there, Huckleberry Finn; and don’t scrunch up like that, Huckleberry, set up straight.” (Twain 2) He doesn't like to live life with rules and restrictions. Huck claimed, “...it was rough living in a house all the time...and so when I couldn't stand it no longer, I lit out. I got my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied” (Twain 1). Huck's dad took him to a cabin in the woods. Huck liked the idea of being with his dad because he didn't have the widow yapping at him every chance she got. He turned into his old rebellious self with his dad.
“My clothes got to be all rags and dirt, and I didn’t see how I’d ever got to like it so well at the widow’s where you had to wash, and eat on a plate, and comb up, and go to bed and get up regular, and be forever bothering over a book and have old Miss Watson peeking at you all the time. I didn’t want to go back no more. I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn’t like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn’t no objections” (Twain 26) explained Huck.
Even though he loved the idea of being by himself and away from society with his dad, he didn't feel like he was free. He felt he was still trapped inside the cabin. He got lonely in the cabin when his dad would leave for long periods of time. “It was dreadful lonesome.” (Twain 26), Huck explained. He then decided to run away from his dad. Huck has a goal to live a life with no restrictions and get away from his limited lifestyle. When Huck escapes from the cabin and starts adventuring through the river, he still feels lonely. This loneliness was quickly fulfilled when he landed on Jackson Island where he met Jim.
Jim, on the other hand, became a runaway slave to be with his family. Jim is a slave for Ms. Watson. Jim doesn't complain about what he does for the Watson family. In fact, he cares for them even though he doesn’t get treated equally. He is content with his life until one day he heard Ms. Watson talking about selling him to New Orleans. If Jim got sold, then he would be separated...

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