Anyone who has read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” or “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain knows that these two are inseparable. The two friends would travel the country in search of their next adventure. However, these two boys could not have a more different outlook on life. Tom Sawyer prefers to take a more care-free outlook on life not stopping to worry about the problems. He dives head first into any challenge he is faced with. On the other hand, Huckleberry Finn prefers to take a more relaxed and careful look at the problems. He spends a lot of time worrying, and this leads to him being superstitious and afraid. This leads to a very different tone and theme between the books. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is a lot more upbeat and positive, throughout the story you just feel happy and good. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a lot less positive, the tone is a lot more desperate and afraid. Despite their differences the two enjoy many wonderful and exciting adventures together.
The first difference between the boys, and also the difference that made each of them so unique, was their upbringings. Tom Sawyer grew up with his aunt Polly who took care of him and looked after him at all times. Tom Sawyer would always get into trouble and his aunt would always try to punish him and put him into his place. Huck on the other hand grew up with an alcoholic father that would beat him and make him fend for himself. Growing up this way made Tom more civilized and carefree; he didn’t have to worry about where his next meal would come from because he had an aunt that would take care of him. Consequently, this led to Tom getting into even more trouble. However, get...
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...g the food they needed to survive while Huck doesn’t think of thing of it. In the end Tom realizes that it really isn’t so bad living in a house and being civilized, in fact he is quite content with it.
Despite all of these differences the boys still get along quite well. Even if Huck was brought up by the town drunk while Tom had a loving family. Despite the fact they don’t understand what the other is thinking and have different levels of imagination. Despite Tom being a well-educated religious boy, and Huck being not so smart or religious. In spite of Huck’s crazy superstitions that Tom doesn’t really understand. Even when they don’t see eye-to-eye on being civilized they still find a way to be friends. All of these differences lead to the darker feeling that lies within “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” than its happier prequel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.
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