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In his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain uses specific incidents and both main and secondary characters to develop themes and comment on Romanticism and society at the time Tom Sawyer though he is a secondary character plays an influential role in Twains criticism satire and farce of Romanticism and society Toms romantic qualities and tendencies are in sharp contrast with the logical and sensible characteristics of Huck Tom takes control of situations by romanticizing and exaggerating them When he sees the opportunity to implement the ideas and proceedings from the romantic adventurous stories he has read he does When Tom forms his gang Tom Sawyers Gang everything the gang does imitates Toms readings They form a ridiculous oath for members to sign with blood and agree that they will capture people and ransom them though none of the boys not even Tom know what this word means They agree to do this though because thats what they do in the books Tom has read After the gang is formed the only adventure they have is the attempt to rob a Sunday-school picnic Tom tries to convince Huck that they are stealing jewelry from Spaniards and A-rabs This further makes the scene ridiculous and Huck begins to see Toms magicians and A-rabs as fabrication Tom is a romantic insensitive representative of the confining society that Huck dislikes and is trying to escape from Towards the end of the novel Tom is reintroduced on his Uncle and Aunt Phelps farm to add humor and to once again burlesque his romanticism though his extravagant plans come at the price of Jims perceived freedom Tom sets the standards for Jims escape imitating exactly the prison and adventure stories he has read by using tactics that under the circumstances are ridiculous and unnecessary The entire escape becomes a comical romantic farce In chapters thirty-six through thirty-eight the novel slips further into a farce as
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