What is the symbolism of the fog?

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seaofknowledge | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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If we think of the literal meaning of fog, it is something that prevents us from seeing our way. It is difficult to move in fog, difficult to reach our destination.

The symbolic meaning of fog in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn appears to be similar. It is symbolic of obstacles, things that get in our way and prevent us from achieving our goals.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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It is a foggy night that causes Jim and Huck to miss Cairo and freedom. I think the fog symbolizes the confusion Huck feels about helping Jim escape. Huck has been raised in a racist society, and it was against the law to help a slave escape. Huck wrestles with the moral dilemma of helping Jim, but he follows his heart in the end because he sees Jim as a man and not as a slave.

The fog might also symbolize the journey of Huck and Jim as well. Both of them are seeking freedom, but their road to freedom is much like trying to find their way through fog. They are unsure what their next step should be, or what it might lead to.

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