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The Romantic Elements of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Samuel Clemens was a talented author who used several literary elements throughout his works Clemens novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written as a critique of southern romanticism Clemens despised romantic literature He felt as though it instilled false hopes in its readers Therefore it seems rather ironic that Clemens would include elements of romantic literature within a work that criticized this form of literature Through out this popular novel elements of romantic literature surface It is unknown whether this were included to poke fun at romantic literature or simply a mistake made by Clemens Whatever the reason the elements do appear within this novel The most prominent element of romantic literature in this novel is Tom Sawyer The author included this character to show just how ridiculous romantic literature could be Clemens uses Toms character to show the false hopes that romantic literature can instill in its readers Tom Hucks closest friend is a well read somewhat educated young boy Therefore Huck looks up to Tom and follows his lead Tom talks Huck into doing many ridiculous things to create an adventure At the end of the novel after Tom and Huck have played many cruel jokes on Toms family and Jim Tom is asked why he did all these ridiculous things Tom answers Well that is a question I must say and just like women Why I wanted the adventure of it 214 Because Tom had read so many of these romantic novels he believed that everything in life should be an adventure If he felt like something would not be an adventure he would simply make the situation into an adventure Tom has been really mislead by these books he lives his life by He believes these novels are an accurate account of what real life is Toms character is ignorant to the fact that these novels are
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