what is the theme to the book Huckleberry Finn?I need to know 10 different quotes that develop the theme but in order to do that i need to aquire the theme i can do the quotes but im having trouble...

what is the theme to the book Huckleberry Finn?

I need to know 10 different quotes that develop the theme but in order to do that i need to aquire the theme i can do the quotes but im having trouble with the theme...

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think you would be hard pressed to name only one theme in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The novel is much too big and interwoven with stories and substories and plots and characters to narrow its scope to only one theme.

One theme of the book could certainly be the joy of freedom - the ability to live according to one's own choice of time schedule, in the location of one's choosing, free to move on if circumstances require. Huck's and Jim's adventures exemplify the challenges and the rewards of such a lifestyle.

Another theme to be considered would be the relationship between races portrayed through Huck's eyes. Huck sees and describes a variety of attitudes toward "niggers" in the people around him, and his own attitude evolves as he gains insights into Jim's life that he hadn't considered previously.

Once I said to myself it would be a thousand times better for Jim to be a slave at home where his family was, as long as he'd got to be a slave,...but somehow I couldn't seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind....then says to myself: 'All right, then, I'll go to hell'...for a starter, I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery

This relates to a third possible theme, the issue of conscience and how it affects one's attitudes and actions. Huck's conscience forced him to change his ways and act against what society in that place and time considered the right course of action.

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hrslvr | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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I have already found the answer... Thank you though- i used the same- Freedom

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