From the beginning of the novel, Jim lives his life as a slave. Marx is a critic worth taking seriously. Jim's hunt for freedom is an escape from slavery, while Huck's is a method to get away from the civilized world. That being said, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn implies that people can be so free as to be, ironically enough, imprisoned in themselves. Since Huck doesn't trust in religion to explain life's negative moments, he uses superstitions instead. The feeling of I get to go out on my own is a the definition of freedom for the modern day teen.
As a slave, Jim is literally property of the person who owns him. Generally, both Huck and Jim are very rational characters, yet when they encounter anything slightly superstitious, irrationality takes over. Look at the beginning of the book. Watson, talking about selling him to New Orleans. The new racism of the South, less institutionalized and monolithic, was also more difficult to combat.
With that, Society is forcing everyone to get rid of his or her individuality, and become exactly like everyone else. One important similarity is both of their visions of freedom are intertwined with their escaping from society. Huck cannot be who he truly wants to be, independent and living away from others, because he does not have the freedom to. Also, Jim is in danger of being captured as a runaway slave. The theme of freedom can also be looked at from a social point of view. Jim's unhappy experiences from society also result to Jim's portrayal of freedom. Shortly into their journey, Huck and Jim find a washed out house that has floated down the river past the island.
Anyone who reads it is forced to develop feelings for each character. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened. His journey with Huck down the begins with only the fear of being caught as a runaway slave. Twain's burlesque of Romanticism represents more, however, than simply a literary method of humor. However, complete uncompromised freedom is virtually impossible to achieve within a society due to the contrasting views of people.
The contradiction also lies at the very heart of Huckleberry Finn. After all, the rules and laws that people like the Widow and Judge Thatcher lay down aren't just meant to make Huck's life miserable; they're also meant to protect him. As a slave, he longs to be free to return to his rightful place with his wife and children. Their primary differences, it seemed, were based on their family relationships and social upbringings. He has Huck go through multiple situations where he is pressured to.
Jim and Huck are both searching for freedom. In the novel, Huck and Jim do not take a vacation; they go on a journey which ultimately helps them discover themselves and their freedom. But even by Twain's time, things had not necessarily gotten much better for blacks in the South. The two protagonists of this novel, Huck and Jim, are both searching for freedom in their escape down the river. Why, one wonders, would Twain so embarrass his otherwise savvy protagonist? Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn after slavery had been abolished, and he was known to be against slavery. Watson, talking about selling him to New Orleans.
Twain may have rather enjoyed kicking Christians in the slats when they refused to act as proper Christians or when their hypocrisy poked out like a sore thumb, but he did not see Satan lurking around every corner. Originally, the river is a safe place for the two travelers, but it becomes increasingly dangerous as the realities of their runaway lives set in on Huck and Jim. When he escapes the Widow and Pap, he runs into Jim who shares a similar problem with Huck; they are both trapped by society. So Tom got out a sheet of paper that he had wrote the oath on, and read it. Her sister, Miss Watson, says to him: 'Don't put your feet up there, Huckleberry,' and, 'Don't scrunch up like that, Huckleberry, sit up straight. Empathy The theme of empathy is closely tied to the theme of guilt.
Freedom takes on a different view for each character in the novel. Huck and Jim both yearn for freedom. Check out the way Huck describes it: So in two seconds away we went a-sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river, and nobody to bother us. He says: 'After all we'd done for them scoundrels. The quote represents freedom because they are trying to cut the chains off without hurting Jim.