Ashore vs. Afloat Huckleberry Finn and Jim encounter many struggles and adventures throughout their time floating down the river, but it became similar to a home for the both of them. The river has a huge part in this book as it represents freedom and a safe haven, whereas the shore represents confinement and conformism. The difference between the shore and the river are very distinct and clear in the same way you can feel the influence of Twain’s views of society throughout the novel. The shore was never a good place for Huck. Huck was constantly criticized and put down by those around him. Tom Sawyer was the only person who understood him on shore. People on the shore that Huck associated with were white Christians. “…And pretty soon she would say, ‘Don’t gap and stretch like that, Huckleberry−why don’t you try to behave?’ Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad then, but I didn’t mean no harm”(Twain 7). In this passage, Miss Watson is trying to civilize Huck and, in return, Huck just wants to live his carefree lifestyle like every other 13-year-old boy. Huck doesn’t want to conform to society and instead wants to go to Hell because he just wants a change in scenery. He has been raised by Pap who was a drunkard who taught Huck no morals in life, which influences Huck’s views of the shore greatly. He sees the people around him as uptight and nonsense speaking people, so he doesn’t listen to what they tell him to do. Society is pushing people like Huck and Tom to forget who they are and to be these perfect models of society, when they just want to read books and have adventures. On the other hand, the river is Huck and Jim’s safe place. On the river, it’s only themselves, and that means there is no one there to judge them. “…And let her float wherever the current wanted her to; then we lit the pipes, and dangled out legs in the water, and talked about all kinds of things−we was always naked, day and night, whenever the mosquitoes would let us− the new clothes Buck’s folks made for me was too good to be comfortable, and besides I didn’t go much on clothes, nohow” (Twain 124). Huck is talking about how, on the river, he can be vulnerable. Them being naked can be interpreted as them opening up, being there true selves and letting the vulnerable side out. Back on the shore, they always had to dress right, not smoke and definetly not talk about the things they did. The shore always made Huck act proper and perfect. They made sure that no one in society strayed from their beliefs and everyone had to believe the same thing. This river gives a whole new sense of hope to Huck and Jim through a sense of freedom and understanding towards each other. Twain thinks society is hypocritical. The majority of the societies in this area were white Christians who owned slaves. Twain thinks this is ironic because in the Bible it
opposition and contrast in
Heart of Darkness
: light and dark, white and black, “savagery”
and “civilization,” outer and inner? What does Conrad accomplish by this contrast,
especially of light and dark?
○ Death vs. Life, Evil vs, Goodness, Ignorance vs, Enlightenment, Savagery vs.
■ This symbolism is not new, these connotations have been present in
society for centuries. According to Heart of Darkness, before the Romans
came, England was dark. In the same way, Africa was considered to be in…
One theme that shows up a lot in Huckleberry Finn is the idea of freedom vs. civilization.
While traveling down the river, Huck and Jim are searching for freedom. However, everywhere else besides the river is civilized. There is a contrast between their desire for freedom and the actual civilization around them.
This contrast is also shown through the descriptions of Tom and Huck - Huck is realistic but Tom has far reaching, unrealistic dreams and expectations. Huck represents more realism…
Egypt vs. Sumer
Egypt and Sumer were very different places, but they were also similar in some ways. One way that they were different is that they were very diverse in Science/technology. They also practiced very different religions. One way that they were similar is that they were both created by rivers. Ancient Egypt and Sumer were different in Science/Technology and the religion they practiced, but they were similar in Geographic ways.
One of the main ways that they were different is that they…
British Conquest of North America
British imperial policy
International warfare results
117 year war fought between France and England (Mortal enemies)
In American = Ohio River Valley/Canadian border
Western New England
Northern New York
1608: Quebec (Canada is New France)
St. Lawrence River Valley
1688: New France = 12,000 white settlers (French have many forts)
(New England = 100,000)
Further westward = to modern – day Indiana…
specifically hold the chemical contaminated water, injected underground, or some water is treated to remove the harmful chemicals and put back into rivers (Hillstrom 52). Some of the manmade ponds are not as safe as they are thought to be. Accidents happen and leaks occur, causing contamination to other river systems. Animals and fish that rely on the rivers for a…
As this film was shot in studio, like most Hollywood films of this era, the director had greater control over the style of the settings he wanted to use. For example, when John and Pearl arrive at the barn house from the river, the silhouettes of the buildings look as if they are not in perspective with the rest of the shot. This expressionist style creates an unsettling mood in the scene, reflecting the children’s nightmarish journey and making the buildings seem eerie…
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drought river systems across the nation suffered, notably the Darling River which virtually ran dry at Bourke, New South Wales. In Victoria, the Murray River ran dry through the towns of Mildura, Balranald and Deniliquin causing river transport to suffer or cease. (2)
The Australian wheat crop was all but lost (4)
In Western New South Wales and west Darling areas, the 1895 Federation Drought was exacerbated by heavy overstocking, and the arrival of rabbits which crossed the Murray River into western…
North vs. South Contrasting Essay
During the 1860's there were many differences between the north and the south
in the United States. The geography, climate, ways of transportation, economy,
population, and culture were among some of the differences.
A big difference between the north and south was the geography and climate.
The north has warm summers and harshly cold and snowy winters. The landscape is
quite rocky and hilly and the growing season is short. The north is not generally great…
Monks/ monasteries preserve knowledge/ civilizations till 12th century
Invasion of Muslim Moors in Spain stopped by Charles the Hammer in 732 (Cordoba)
Christians vs. Muslims
England vs. France
France vs. Germany
Christians vs. Barbarians (aka Mongols)
Pope vs. anyone who didn’t like him
* Europe was NOT very civilized at the time—disgusting torture methods (iron maiden, etc)
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