The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Themes
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn explores the tension between civilization and nature. Huck's free-spirited desire to explore is a great example of this. In the end, Huck refuses to be tamed by the Widow Douglas and decides to keep roaming.
- Slavery and freedom are two important themes in the novel. As a runaway slave, Jim is hunted, imprisoned, and very nearly killed because of his race and social status. For him, freedom brings with it dignity, respect, and the right to be acknowledged as a human being.
- Twain's depiction of racism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn appears conflicted. Even though Huck recognizes Jim's humanity and helps him escape slavery, he doesn't extend this same consideration to other African Americans.