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sharp3194 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 1, 2011 at 3:45 AM via web

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What is a quote about freedom in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

I'm looking for quotes that depict freedom in this book.  It can be indirect.

Typically I'm looking for Huck's relationship with his society in the beginning of the novel...

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM (Answer #1)

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One quote relating to the subject of Huck's relationship with society comes early in the novel. When Huck runs off to Jackson Island he comes across Jim and has a conversation about what Jim is doing on the island. 

As a runaway slave, Jim is concerned that by telling Huck why he is there he will be making Huck an accomplice and that Huck might morally constrained to turn Jim in. Huck fully recognizes the cultural conventions that concern Jim and he decides to throw them over. 

“Well, dey's reasons. But you wouldn' tell on me ef I 'uz to tell you, would you, Huck?”

“Blamed if I would, Jim.”

“Well, I b'lieve you, Huck. I—I run off.”

“Jim!”

“But mind, you said you wouldn' tell—you know you said you wouldn' tell, Huck.”

“Well, I did. I said I wouldn't, and I'll stick to it. Honest injun, I will. People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don't make no difference. I ain't a-going to tell, and I ain't a-going back there, anyways. So, now, le's know all about it.”

This is the first time that Huck directly addresses his departure from cultural moral conventions, but it is not the last. 

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