The Importance of Nature in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

            The importance of nature in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


             In his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses nature not only as .

             ally, but as a deterrent in Huck Finn's search for independence and Jim's search for freedom. The .

             most prominent force of nature in the novel was the Mississippi River. The river was not only .

             their escape route, but perhaps it became their biggest enemy because it was always unpredictable. .

             Nature is the strongest factor in the novel because in a completely different geographical setting .

             the story would have had not only a different outcome, but Huck and Jim might never have found .

             friendship and freedom. Twain changes his tone when describing the Mississippi River from wry .

             and sarcastic to flowing and daydreaming. This change in tone illustrates his own appreciation for .

             the beauty and significance that nature holds for him.

             Twain uses personification to show the beauty of nature in contrast to the immaturity and .

             obnoxious mentality of society. Huck would sometimes wake up to "see a steamboat coughing .

             along upstream" that "now and then would belch a whole world of sparks up out of her .

             chimbleys" which acts like a child without manners. (Twain, 81) In almost every chapter Twain .

             uses colorful descriptions of nature to help the reader to imagine the setting of the scene. Twain .

             would not have used so many examples and vivid descriptions of nature if he didn't want nature to .

             be a huge part of the novel.

             In the novel, Huck's main goal is to get away from a terrible, abusive drunk of a father. .

             Without the access of the Mississippi, Huck might not have ever escaped his father, and his father .

             could have easily killed Huck. For Jim, who's goal was not only freedom, but to see his family .

             again, the river was a free way to reach the free states. With Huck's fortune he could have bought .

             a train ticket or paid another way to get to Cairo, but it was important for him to make his.

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