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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The journey to find human worth

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the best novel by American writer Mark Twain published in 1884, the author has successfully evoked the core human values of the work through the journey along the Mississippi River by the character Huckleberry Finn.

So, let’s get on the journey with us to see where this leads to? 

About Mark Twain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain was born in 1835 with the real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, he is considered the leading satirist writer of American literature, when referring to this pen, journalist Ron Powers once remarked that:

“Mark Twain has changed the way Americans see and hear, he is a Lincoln in literature.”

In 1857, he began to learn to sail from Horace Bixby when he himself fell in love with the scenery of the Mississippi River, where the ship passed daily, so that made Mark Twain even more interested in the job. time is over. The Mississippi River has become a great source of inspiration for Mark Twain and has appeared many times in his writings, notably Life on the Mississippi River.

Mark Twain is particularly successful in his sarcastic and sarcastic line of satire through works that he condemns the ruling class, slavery, racism as well as customs and old prejudices.

In 1873, Mark Twain published his first novel, The Golden Age, and three years later released his next book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and it is also the best work of Mark Twain’s career. The book is written in the first person through the words of Huckleberry Finn, who is a friend of Tom Sawyer.

Huckleberry Finn is a boy with a free and flying soul because he cannot stand a strict, formal life, worse than when his father thinks that dead returns and tortures him. He made a daring decision to fake the scene of his death and escape, from here Huck and Jim, a black slave set out on an adventure along the Mississippi River. Throughout that journey, Huckleberry Finn discovered herself with the right goals and aspirations.

The kind and brave Huckleberry Finn

After his journey with Tom Sawyer, he was raised and raised by the widow Douglas, although he has a full and prosperous life, but Huck always feels constrained by having to follow the best standards. concentration.

Once, his father got drunk and took him to a messy and dirty hut deep in the woods, but Huck feels very comfortable with the free lifestyle here so he wants to explore the world for himself. instead of having to learn boring dogmas.

That is why he decided to flee to the uninhabited island, where Huck met Jim, the runaway slave of Mrs. Waston, who accompanied him throughout the adventure and built a beautiful friendship. Huck accepts to give up a well-dressed and well-feed life to embark on an extremely difficult and dangerous journey with the desire to understand the outside world as well as find his own true values. This is not only the escape but also the courage to challenge and adventure of Huckleberry.

From an early age, Huck was crammed with distorted prejudices, which society considered the rule at that time, so at first, he was somewhat hesitant to decide whether to save Jim or not.

Mark Twain wants to fully exploit Huck’s humanity, so he puts him in a situation where if he helps Jim it means he is aiding the escape of a black slave and goes against the standards that he is taught.

In the end, the compassionate heart, as well as the sincere friendship between the two people, won everything, which made Huck decide to break down the barriers in his heart and save his friend.

The friendship between Jim and Huck is the driving force for them to overcome all difficulties, to help and support each other on a dangerous journey. For Jim, Huck is not only a friend but also a benefactor who saved him from a life of slavery. Also on that journey, the main character realizes the meaning of true friendship at the same time he appreciates life more because he witnessed the death of a very close person.

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn have affirmed their place for decades, not only directing people to freedom but also highlighting the struggle for noble things for colored slaves, from that conveys to readers the profound human meaning.

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