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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 societys 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 theyd find out I warnt 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 weve got to do it Dont I tell you its in the books Do you want to go to doing whats 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
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