Comparing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Satisfactory Essays
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.


of all, the difference in confidence between Tom and Huck is evident,


willing to try anything while Huck is more reserved. Huck and Tom


civilization in a different manner, making for another contrast in


Finally, Tom and Huck differ in their dogma of the world. Tom is


about trying to live an adventurous life while Huck's seems to be


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


his gang, Tom says, "Everybody has to take an oath, and write his name


blood," which succinctly shows his confident desire for adventure. Huck


is more reserved and much less gregarious that Tom. When Huck questions


saying, "How do we ransom these fellows if we don't know how to do it,"


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


his lifestyle, he has never run away for any extended period of time.


becomes Widow Douglass' adopted child at the end of The Adventures of


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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