Huck Finn Essay

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Huck Finn Essay In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a young boy named Huck goes through his adventures down the Mississippi River. Through his adventures, Huck changes and becomes more mature. He is not the careless, prank playing boy that ran around and had fun at other people's expense anymore. Near the end of his journey down the Mississippi, Huck is reunited with his close friend Tom Sawyer and these once very similar boys now have many obvious differences. Huck is different from Tom in his way of thinking, in his treatment and attitude towards Jim, and in his mind to question his surroundings. Huck sees the world realistically and in practically. However, Tom believes the world works like the stories in his books. An example of their differences of thinking is in their ways of rescuing Jim from his captivity. Huck plans to steal the key, get Jim out, run to the canoe, and escape down the river on the raft. Huck's plan to get Jim out of captivity is simple and effective. However, Tom argues that "its too blame simple," and "that there ain't nothing to it"(224). Tom's plan is complicated and full of unnecessary things because of his love of romantic stories that he reads in his novels. Tom believes there is "honor in getting Jim out through a lot of difficulties and dangers,"(230) and he goes to create obstacles to make the situation more difficult and more like the stories he grew up on. He creates hard rock to dig through, a tall tower to climb down from, an infested cell full of rats, spiders, and snakes, and a security. Huck questions these unnecessary ideas, saying that "it's one of the most jackass ideas he ever struck"(239). Huck's realistic mind could not understand Tom's romantic side and he disagrees with Tom's decisions on many things. After his experiences down the river with Jim, Huck begins to see Jim as a human being and as

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