Compares Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn"

Essay by yngsta7311High School, 11th gradeA, January 1996

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1. Compare and Contrast Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Although Tom and Hucklberry Finn have many things in common and are very good friends, they also live a life of two totally different lifestyles. Tom, who is a dreamer, lives a life out of romantic novels, and can be amusing and exasperating at the same time. He lives a life out of drama and brings out his imagination in a realistic way. He is amusing when showing his understanding of what he has read and he loves to replay what has happened He is a leader and is idolized by many including Huck.

Huck, much different than Tom, does not engage in the fantasies that Tom does and has little interest in them. He is more interested in what is happening right now and what is going on in his life in the present. He is always practical and natural, exhibiting good common sense except in rare episodes like the part about the snake bite.

He sees Tom's wide reading and vivid imagination as something that sets him on top of himself. He often thinks about how Tom would have enjoyed doing some difficult feet that he has just performed. Although he gets annoyed by Tom's daydreams sometimes he goes along with them because he believes that Tom is someone that is on top of him.

2. Huck Finn's relationship with Jim changes as the story progresses. Analyze how and why the relationship changes, supporting your answer with at least three examples from the story.

Jim, a slave owned by Miss Watson, is a very interesting character in the book. He seems like a person who is filled with superstitions but later down the river we learn about his fine attributes like his unselfishness and his love...