English 11 Honors
11 May 2015
Growing up is the inevitable fact of life that every individual has to face. It forces one to become mature, responsible, and self reliant. Best friends Huckleberry and Tom are both in junctures between childhood and adulthood facing society head on. Unfortunately, they hold different view points on moral issues, and their personalities differ so greatly that it is not plausible that their friendship would sustain in the long run. They would simply drift apart.
When reading Huckleberry Finn, it is clear to depict that Tom represents the idea of romanticism, while Huck embodies the symbolism of realism. Tom uses his imagination through books as a map to plan his real adventure. "I 've seen it in books; and so of course that 's what we 've got to do" (Twain 38). His innocence is portrayed here since the tales that happen in novels are not the same that occur in reality. He is inspired by the stories to escape the boredom found in everyday life. Mark Twain uses Tom as a tool to indicate the harmless boyhood humor found within the early stages of the novel. The immaturity of Sawyer shows the individualism of his character. While his jokes may seem harmless to him, he represents the idea of how cruel society can be towards slaves. "Tom said he slipped Jim 's hat off of his head and hung it on a limb right over him, and Jim stirred a little, but he didn 't wake" (Twain 36). It was meant to dehumanize Jim as a toy or prop to his adventure disregarding his feelings. Huckleberry, on the other hand, is self reliant throughout the story telling the reader that he is indeed realistic. While Tom pretends to have an adventure, Huck has a real quest to save Jim. "Git up and hu...
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...n short, moral dilemmas, personality trait differences, and levels of maturity cause friendships to drift apart. For Huck and Tom, this is most certainly the case. Finn represents the idea of a realist and outsider who shows growth within his conscience to further his character. Tom on the other hand, demonstrates a romantic immature, average middle class boy with a racist mentality. They may have been best friends growing up, but their vast personality traits would certainly cause this duo to split apart.
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