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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Metaphor Analysis

Land: The land, in Huck Finn, largely represents the bondage and cruelty of American civil society.� To Jim, the land means captivity in slavery.� To Huck, the land comes to symbolize bondage of thought and behavior exuded by the religious-minded Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas.�

Mississippi River/Raft: Conversely, the Mississippi River, more than any other physical entity in the novel, symbolizes freedom, both for Jim and Huck.� The pair can only find safety and peace of mind on the river; whenever they step onto land, they find themselves getting into trouble.

Twain's characters: Twain also uses many of his main characters to represent certain characteristic qualities of Americans.� Huck, for example, is the typical American frontiersman: he's shrewd, even manipulative at times, and above all, he's a realist.� Tom, though he possesses many of the same qualities, is less of a realist, but instead tries to romanticize his world.� Huck's pap has what Tocqueville describes as a depraved love of equality.� He symbolizes the corruption of humanity and the depravity of those who live outside of civilization.� Huck's pap is a perfect contrast to the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, who epitomize the civility of religious women in America.

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