By edh99, Updated
Huck Finn's life basically revolves around the river. It's how he becomes free, and it's where the adventure is.
I've gotta get out of here
The river is like Huck's best friend. Without it, Huck Finn wouldn't be who he is. The river represents his freedom and sense of adventure. I think Twain uses the river as the main part of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck uses the river to escape civilization, and to help him get to wherever he needs to go.
Twain makes it clear that Huck isn't fond of the civilized life. Although he shows a hint of happiness with school, he wants to stick with his roots of living off the land. He also is influenced by Pap to drop school and leave the Widow's home. Sometimes sticking to your roots can show you how well you actually have it.
Twain uses adventure as a staple for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. If the story was told without any adventure or twists in it, it wouldn't be a good story. Huck Finn, especially during the end with Tom Sawyer, is all about adventure.
Jim, the slave, plays a huge role in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Without Jim, Huck would've been all alone for the majority of the story. Jim went through a lot to be free when in the end, he was free the entire time. Slavery is an important factor in Huck Finn.
Even though Tom Sawyer isn't the main character in this story, he has a letter that holds Jim's freedom in his hands. He doesn't give up the letter until the end, because he wants adventure.
Without friendship, Jim would have been turned in before the story even reached it's peak. Huck didn't turn him in despite how he was taught, because he considered Jim a friend. Huck made many friendships along the way, but Jim and Tom were the two that remained strong.
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