Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer – Extreme Characters
The Adventures of Huckleberry, Finn by Mark Twain, follows Huck, a young boy, through his adventures down the Mississippi River. Through his adventures and many obstacles with Jim, a loyal run-away slave, Huck changes and becomes more mature. He overcomes his carelessness and prank playing that he had at the expense of other people. Towards the end of his journey he is reunited with his old and close friend Tom Sawyer. The two once were very similar but now have many differences which are quite obvious. Huck differs from Tom in his way of thinking, his treatment and attitude of Jim, and in his tendency to question his surroundings.
Huck now sees and interprets the world in a realistic and practical terms where Tom, a romantic, believes the world to be that of a story of a book. For instance, Huck’s idea to rescue Jim from his captivity is to steal the key, then he and Jim run to the canoe, and then escape on the raft down the river. Huck’s plan is simply straightforward, simple and effective. Tom, on the other hand believes that to be too simple. Tom’s plain is full of complicated and unnecessary difficulties and dangers. He invents ideas of digging through hard rock, climbing down from a tall tower into a cell from of rats, snakes and spiders to rescue Jim. Huck, sees no logic to the plan and claims it to be of the craziest plans Tom has ever come up with. Huck, with his realistic mind could not understand Tom’s romantic nature and disagrees with Tom on a number of occasions.
Huck sees Jim as a human being and close friend after his journey with him down the river. However, Tom still believes what was told to him by his white southern elders. Huck never realized until he found the raft unoccupied and Jim missing how much Jim meant to him. Thus, because he feels so strongly toward Jim he’d rather condemn his own soul than to see Jim in chains again. So, Huck decides to take to his wicked ways and steal Jim out of slavery enen if it meant going against everything he...