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What is the symbolic meaning of the fog scene in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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The fog scene in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a shining example of maturity and growth in the seemingly, and self-proclaimed, irredeemable boy Huckleberry Finn. Early on in the book, he professes no desire to education, refinement, or proper manners, and he shows a careless and reckless attitude towards others.

After telling a detailed tall tale to Jim to deceive him, trying to replicate what he believes Tom Sawyer would do, Huck feels great remorse at the pain and discomfort the story causes Jim. This is the main incident where it seems as if Huck is learning to care for others' feelings. He goes and apologizes to Jim, showing that he...

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The fog might symbolize Jim's and Huck's blindness to the fact that Jim was already a free man. They were striving and taking so many pains to conceal Jim when there was no need at all, but at the same time, there was no way they could have learned it, the only option left for them was to "try to find their way in the fog".

Moreover, in their journey they learn many valuable lessons, like the fact that they are so impoartant to each other. At that time, friendship between blacks and whites was frowned upon. Thus, the fog also represents the difficulties they met before realizing that frienship and mutual help can defy and break the impositions placed by society.

 Their being able to finally find each other in the midst of the fog might foreshadow the end, when everything turns out to be alright.