Comparing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, two names that will be forever intertwined when relating to our posterity the lives lived by eighteenth century Americans on the Mississippi. However, is this "parallel relationship" between the two unforgettable characters truly deserved? The differences between Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are significant and numerous. First of all, the difference in confidence between Tom and Huck is evident, Tom willing to try anything while Huck is more reserved. Huck and Tom handle civilization in a different manner, making for another contrast in character. Finally, Tom and Huck differ in their dogma of the world. Tom is adamant about trying to live an adventurous life while Huck's seems to be constantly reevaluating the values that society has instilled upon him. While both yearning for adventures, Tom and Huck's confidence are polar opposites. Tom is an outgoing, and dangerous wild child. When talking about his gang, Tom says, "Everybody has to take an oath, and write his name in blood," which succinctly shows his confident desire for adventure. Huck Finn, is more reserved and much less gregarious that Tom. When Huck questions by saying, "How do we ransom these fellows if we don't know how to do it," his coyness is apparent. While they are similarly mischievous, Tom's overt wildness is much different from Huck's conscience. Tom and Huck through adverse fates have ended up "civilized" in St. Petersburg. Tom lives with his aunt Polly and Cousins. Tom is content with his lifestyle, he has never run away for any extended period of time. Huck becomes Widow Douglass' adopted child at the end of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, however, Huck does not remain quarantined by society. Within months, he is once again with Pap. After leaving Pap, Huck and Jim, the widow's
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