The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is often referred to as the embodiment of mythological characteristics. In what way does the journey down the river represent these characteristics? How is Huck’s escape from society and his love for the natural world of the river incorporated into this idea? Explain your answer.
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Mythological characteristics are first, and foremost, related to nature because the Greeks saw the gods in every part of nature. They grew into their adulthood by noting that the gods guided their destiny and that they needed to have a strong relationship with nature. The hero escapes from society to find who he is, and in a perfect world, the hero comes to embody the good characteristics of his society. Huck is far above many of his society: his father, the prejudiced people of the entire society, and men like the Duke.