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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered the greatest American novel ever written This feat was achieved by depicting real life situations as well as characters to get the reader emotionally involved with the novel Mark Twains characters are realistic and as a result the reader instantly becomes interested Twain represents many things through his three major characters Tom Huck and Jim morality maturity and friendship Tom is considered the most noble of these three characters as he is the most educated wealthy and well mannered He may have been brought up properly but he also does not think of anyone but himself Tom is the cruelest character in this novel because he will do anything for the sake of the adventure and at anyones expense Because he has to do everything by the book and use his imagination conjuring up all kinds of outlandish escape contrivances Tom aggravates the reader Tom plays with Jims life for the sake of the adventure he never sees that his antics hurt people Although Huck is a young boy he has been forced to deal with many problems that adults face such as helping Jim escape We know he feels responsible for Jim because when he learns from a woman that Jim is being hunted for Hucks murder he runs to tell Jim exclaiming theyre after us and not theyre after you This lets the reader know Huck and Jim are in this adventure together Huck does deal with these problems and he does this maturely because he has integrity He may not have had the best home life but he knows the difference between right and wrong In this way Huck surpasses Tom in morality although Huck is considered a river rat He also overcomes the horror of racism by looking past the color of Jims skin and observes him for the trustworthy loving person he is Jim certainly is the character who not only has
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