The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is a fictional story of a young boy, Huck, who yearns for exploration and freedom.   The setting for the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is based on the shores of the Mississippi River and other quintessential towns along the river.

Huck along with his friend, Tom Sawyer, received six-thousand dollars reward for a treasure which they found, but was kidnapped by his father and held in the wood at a deserted house.   With perseverance and cunningness, Huck was able to escape his captor and venture down the Mississippi in an old wooden canoe.  While venturing down the river Huck meets Jim, Miss Watson’s slave, and together they set off down the river in search of freedom.  The river is a source or fun, long talks and exciting activity as their friendship grows.  Their venture down the river teaches them many life lessons.  Both Huck and Jim finds a house with a corpse and both decided to steal many of the possessions from the house.  Jim and Huck find a wrecked ship and decided to board it.  Unfortunately, they become involved with murderers, but were lucky to escape.  Their good fortune does not get any better because a steamboat demolishes their rant and both boys are separated, but eventually reunite.

Through all of the adventures down the river, Huck learns a variety of life lessons and improves as a person. He develops a conscience and truly feels for humanity. The complexity of his character is enhanced by his ability to relate so easily with nature and the river.