Compare And Contrast Huck And Tom.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a story based around the friendship between Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. It tells of the various backgrounds and cultures of "Tom and Huck" and how their ignorant beliefs affect their everyday actions and dealings with others. Though Tom is portrayed to be more knowledgeable than Huck in the sense that his friends look up to him, Huck proves to be intelligent, and ironically more mature than Tom because he shows a great deal of growth as he questions the society's beliefs and values.Tom is depicted in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a very adventuresome and foolhardy individual who gets caught up in his ignorance by trying to blend fiction with reality. He is so bored with the everyday activities around him that he resorts to acting out fictional risks with his friends. Tom is seen taking foolhardy risks in the beginning of the novel when he wants to start up a "band of robbers" (1). He enlists his other friends and convinces them that they can relive the characters he reads about in his "pirate and robber-books" (7). He is also seen to be very inconsiderate by finding amusement in the despair of others such as Jim, when Huck is quoted as saying: Tom whispered to me, and wanted to tie Jim to the tree for fun. But I said no; he might wake and make a disturbance, and then they'd find out I warn't in. (5) However, Tom sees himself as a "normal" kid in search for fun and he bases a lot of his judgment on the books he reads. He says, "Why blame it all, we've got to do it. Don't I tell you it's in the books? Do you want to go to doing what's different in the books, and get things all muddled up?" (8). Although Tom is shown to be foolhardy, his audacity for adventure makes him popular among his friends. He commands their respect and they were willing to make him the "First Captain" for their band of robbers (1).Huck, on the other hand is shown not to have the same enthusiasm as Tom for adventure, although he shares the same interest in superstition. He is depicted in the novel as a rebel to the society especially because he is not predisposed to learning from Ms. Watson and Widow Douglas. Huck's rebellious nature is shown to be a result of his youth and immaturity dealing with the society's view of life. In the first chapter, Widow Douglas tries to teach him about Moses in the bible, and on finding out Moses has been dead a long time, Huck loses interest and is quoted as thinking: so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take stock in dead people (2). His immaturity is also displayed in his ideas about black slaves. He believes they are lacking in emotions and feelings and this belief is manifested in his relationship with Jim; a black slave working for Widow Douglas. On finding out Jim had not eaten for several days, he ignorantly asks "And so you ain't had no meat nor bread to eat all this time? Why didn't you get mud-turkles?" (40). He has no remorse to insulting Jim after all the...

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