The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Are the opposite sides of the river symbolic? Jim is trying to reach Ohio to be free, but Huck ends up going the other way.

If the river represents freedom, what does it man to cross the river?

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It certainly represents freedom for a black slave. Ironically Jim was released but still the river is symbolic. The river is a continuum; it flows to Ohio where progress, for blacks, has been achieved. Huck and Jim are on this progression. Huck begins to reinforce his own beliefs in the dignity of Black individuals like Jim. Huck, however, has unfinished business at home while Jim needs to go to a place where he can be free. Huck, however, goes home with a new appreciation for life and the harm unscrupulous individuals, Like the King and Duke, can cause.