The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

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How is the Mississippi River a hero in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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The river is a hero because it takes Huck and Jim away from their terrible lives of abuse and slavery.

Although it is the setting, the Mississippi river is also a character in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  As Huck travels down the river, he symbolically travels the river of his conscience.

Huck’s fascination with the river begins early in the book, when he sits looking out at it with Tom Sawyer.

[The] stars over us was sparkling ever so fine; and down by the village was the river, a whole mile broad, and awful still and grand. (ch 2, etext pdf p. 9)

This idyllic description of the river foreshadows its importance in Huck’s life.  Even at this point, the...

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