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The Symbolism of the Raft in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Summary: Some insight as to the intended meaning of the raft in Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The raft at first is merely Huck and Jim's method of transportation; over time, however, it also becomes a home, a place of comfort, and a place for emotional breakthroughs in Huck and Jim's friendship. In the end, the raft symbolizes Huck and Jim's accomplishment in achieving the lifestyle they desired; this symbolism fits into the theme of the novel.
The Significance of the Raft

Huckleberry Finn and Jim spend the duration of the novel struggling to obtain freedom and escape different forms of slavery. Jim's run for freedom is obvious as a black man, but the reasons for Huck's ventures do not appear to be as apparent. Not only is he running from his father but also the civilized life that Mrs. Watson and the widow would like him to lead. As the novel progresses, both of them face many obstacles including the river itself, which is ironic because the river is their road to freedom and the raft is their means of transportation.

The raft functions on both physical and symbolic levels in the novel. Not only is the raft Huck and Jim's vehicle to navigate the river, it also becomes their home and their...

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