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Huckleberry Finn the central figure of the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is compared and contrasted greatly to Tom Sawyer who was the main character in another one of Mark Twains well written novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The events of Tom Sawyer happen before those of Huck Finn The story of Tom Sawyer deals with the misadventures really of several children in the little Missouri village of St Petersburg about thirty years before the Civil War The story takes place that is sometime during the 1830s In contrast to the story of Huck Finns which was a series of short adventures that took place on a raft down the Mississippi river Huckleberry Finn the son of the town drunkard is essentially good-hearted but he is looked down upon by the rest of the village He dislikes civilized ways because they are personally restrictive and hard He is generally ignorant of book-learning but he has a sharpness for understanding many issues He is imaginative and clever and has a sharp eye for detail though he doesnt always understand everything he sees or its significance Huck is essentially a realist he knows only what he sees and experiences He doesnt have a great deal of faith in things he reads or hears He must experiment to find out what is true and what isnt In general then Hucks attitude seems to be that if you let other people alone they wont come around disturbing your peace and quiet There doesnt seem to be any percentage in stirring up trouble by getting people all excited Things wont be changed An illustration of this is supplied by Dr Robinsons warning to the Wilks girls that the king and duke are frauds In spite of this reasonable mans warning the girls trust the king and duke until the truth becomes painfully obvious to them They could have spared themselves a great deal of sorrow if
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