“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X. Dictionaries say freedom is the state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence. Freedom means you have the power to do what you please and when you please. It gives you the power to in control of your own life and lives your life freely. The book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain revolves around two characters: Huck, a thirteen-year-old, rebellious teenager, and Jim, a runaway slave. Throughout Huck’s and Finn’s adventures they go through out of the ordinary problems, meet deceitful characters, and find out the true meaning of being free and the consequences of too much freedom.Huck craved freedom because he wanted to escape his everyday life in society. In the beginning of the book, Huck is stuck with Ms. Watson. Ms. Watson orders Huck, “Don’t put your feet up there, Huckleberry Finn; and don’t scrunch up like that, Huckleberry, set up straight.” (Twain 2) He doesn’t like to live life with rules and restrictions. Huck claimed, “…it was rough living in a house all the time…and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer, I lit out. I got my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied” (Twain 1). Huck’s dad took him to a cabin in the woods. Huck liked the idea of being with his dad because he didn’t have the widow yapping at him every chance she got. He turned into his old rebellious self with his dad.
“My clothes got to be all rags and dirt, and I didn’t see how I’d ever got to like it so well at the widow’s where you had to wash, and eat on a plate, and comb up, and go to bed and get up regular, and be forever bothering over a book and…
…ng to some people, as long as it seems right to him, he is making the right decision. At the end of the book when he gets adopted by Aunt Sally, Huck still feels restricted. Huck explains, “But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it.” (Twain 295)
Freedom is an important theme to this book because it teaches lessons and brings people together. To Huck and Jim, freedom meant living an unrestricted, happy life. The type of life that so many slaves would risk their just to have a taste of what it would felt like. Other people during this time period may have felt oppressed, like Huck, longing to be something other then what society expects them to be. In society today, they’re many people that still feel restricted in their everyday lives, just like Huck and Jim.