Compare and Contrast Tom and Huckleberry Finn

Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Pages: 1 (468 words) Published: February 27, 2010
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are two friends who have many similarities as well as many differences. I think Tom and Huck’s are friendship is made stronger because of these similarities and differences. This is obvious in the stories about the adventures of both of the young men as their differences help compliment the other.

One similarity between Tom and Huck is that they brave young men. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck shows his bravery when he runs away with Jim, who is a slave with a bounty on his head. Tom shows his bravery in the Adventures of Tom Sawyer when he is in the court house. When confronted about what Injun Joe was doing in the graveyard the night before, he decides to tell the truth. Tom and Huck are also very tricky young men. In the story of Huck Finn, he tricks two men who were looking for Jim that he wasn’t with him on the raft. He tells them that it’s his father who has come down with a very contagious disease and if they went near him, they could catch it. Tom Sawyer tricks some of his friends into doing some whitewashing for him. He convinces them that it would be a very fun thing to do and that they don’t know what they would miss if they didn’t try it. Another similarity between the two young men is that they are adventurous. At time they come up with their own adventures as they pretend to be pirates or robbers. On the other hand, the stories of both young men bring them on real life adventures. One difference between the two young men is the way they were raised. Tom is raised in a middle class family consisting of himself, his aunt Polly, and his step-brother Sid. Since he is raised in a middle class family, Tom has the opportunity of going to school. Huck on the other hand has an alcohol addict for a father and basically raises himself. As a result of his father using all the money he gets on alcohol, Huck doesn’t have the opportunity of going to school like Tom. The way both of the young men go about...
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