The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Throughout the story, what does the river and towns represent?

river and towns symbolism

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The river is a journey. It is a "vehicle" for change. Huck matures through the natural environment. The towns they see and people they meet serve to develop Huck into a mature young man. The hypocrisy and twisted nature of Southern white society help Huck appreciate Jim even more. Huck develops a changing sense of identity both for himself and the world around him.