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.