Symbolism in Huckleberry Finn

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  • The River is a symbol of freedom for Huck and Jim. It is taking Jim from slavery so that he can travel on the Ohio River to the northern states to be free. It is also setting Huck free from his pap and having to follow rules.
  • Jim is a symbol of all the people enslaved in the South. He is looked down upon by all white people and desperately seeking his freedom, like all of the people in slavery.
  • Huckleberry Finn is also a symbolism of the struggle between himself and his conscience. He doesn't really know where he wants to be in the world since he is adventurous. He also doesn't know whether he should free Jim or turn him in.
  • Widow Douglas's home symbolizes the perfect example of what a household should be. She civilizes Huck, teaches him manners and religion.
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