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  1. Introduction
  2. Defining adventure
  3. Series of adeventures
  4. Conclusion

?Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? is a novel written by Mark Twain, published in 1885 and which is regarded as one of the greatest American novels. The story follows Huck (a character first introduced by Mark Twain in the Adventures of Tom Sawyer) and his friend Jim (a slave running for his freedom from Miss Watson's tenure) on their journey. Eager for adventures and freedom, they go down the Mississippi River on a raft. In each step of the journey, they meet many characters and many events occur.

Literally, the word ?adventure? refers to an unusual, exciting and dangerous experience. It could also have the meaning of trying new ideas and taking risks. Furthermore, etymologically, this word comes from the Latin word ?aventura? and means ?a thing which is about to happen?.

These different meanings may refer to the fact that Huck sets off in search of adventure, and comes across a series of events. These various events that Huck is confronted to are the key events as they allow Huck to evolve.

Besides, in the subject we have to discuss, ?Adventure in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?, the term ?adventure? (without ?s) seems not only to refer to the fact that Huck will live surprising and unexpected events, but more generally that he will live a human adventure. That is why we are going to explain that this novel tells the story of the adventures lived by Huck and Jim, but also tells the story of an initiatory journey, of a human adventure depicting Huck's maturation and development through a quest for freedom.

We shall first analyze the fact that the adventures lived by Huck were an opportunity for him to leave the childhood world and face reality. Then, we will explain that the adventures lived by Huck and Jim are for them a way to reach both physical and spiritual freedom.

Huckleberry Finn, a young boy coming from the lowest level of white society sets off in search of adventure for many reasons. At the beginning of the novel, we learn that Huck has been placed under the guardianship of the widow Douglas, who, with her sister Miss Watson, has the responsibility to educate and civilize him. Indeed, Huck is an uneducated child. He was raised without any rules or discipline, and that is why the widow Douglas finds difficulties to educate him. We can observe Huck's lack of education through the way he speaks, always making mistakes. Huck is a rebellious child who doesn't want to fit into the mould of society. Besides, Huck always keeps provoking the widow Douglas and those instances have been described exceptionally well in the novel.

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