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Compare and contrast Tom and Huck Consider why Twain uses Tom in the beginning and the end of the novel Tom told me what his plan was and I see in a minute it was worth fifteen of mine for style and would make Jim just as free a man as mine would and maybe get us all killed besides So I was satisfied and said we would waltz in on it 232 Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn details the journey of Huckleberry Finn and a run away slave Jim Huckleberry Finns blind trust in his friend Tom Sawyers plans have led Huck to some strange situations As seen in the Sunday school Arab fiasco where Tom Huck and their gang attacked a Sunday school picnic Huck accepts Toms imagination as fact and disregards his own logic Toms reliance on the rules is more for style than to do what is moral In sharp contrast to Toms rule-following attitude Huck relies on his own intuition to make decisions This clash between romanticism and realism is prevalent throughout the book Tom Sawyer and his grandiose plans represent Romanticism characterized by a belief in the ideal whereas Huck represents realism or the viewing of everything as it actually is without idealization Twain also uses the characters of Huck and Tom to represent a conflict between Romanticism and Realism as well as a conflict between Society and Freedom In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain contrasts the characters of Tom and Huck to contrast Romanticism and Realism as well as Society vs Freedom in both the beginning and end of the novel to highlight the maturation of Huck Tom Sawyer was born and raised middle class As such Tom has access to a stable family life as well as education and books The books provide Toms sense of adventure Always searching for an adventure Tom uses elements of his books to influence his adventures
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