The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Symbolism
1. Compare and Contrast Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Although Tom and Hucklberry Finn have many things in common and are very
good friends, they also live a life of two totally different lifestyles. Tom,
who is a dreamer, lives a life out of romantic novels, and can be amusing and
exasperating at the same time. He lives a life out of drama and brings out his
imagination in a realistic way. He is amusing when showing his understanding of
what he has read and he loves to replay what has happened He is a leader and is
idolized by many including Huck.
Huck, much different than Tom, does not engage in the fantasies that Tom
does and has little interest in them. He is more interested in what is
happening right now and what is going on in his life in the present. He is
always practical and natural, exhibiting good common sense except in rare
episodes like the part about the snake bite. He sees Tom's wide reading and
vivid imagination as something that sets him on top of himself. He often thinks
about how Tom would have enjoyed doing some difficult feet that he has just
performed. Although he gets annoyed by Tom's daydreams sometimes he goes along
with them because he believes that Tom is someone that is on top of him.
2. Huck Finn's relationship with Jim changes as the story progresses. Analyze
how and why the relationship changes, supporting your answer with at least three
examples from the story.
Jim, a slave owned by Miss Watson, is a very interesting character in
the book. He seems like a person who is filled with superstitions but later
down the river we learn about his fine attributes like his unselfishness and his
love for Huck. Because he is more than a stereotypical slave, Huck and Jim
throughout the book develop a very loyal friendship and become very good friends.
Jim, who acts like a father figure towards Huck because no one else is there
for him., is important to the plot because he gives Huck a reason to travel on
the river. Because Jim is a runaway slave, it is necessary for Huck to keep
quiet in times like for instance when Huck lies to them men about him being in
the raft, instead telling them that his ill “pap” is in the raft. Huck does
whatever he can to keep his word that “ he will not tell on Jim.”
When Huck hears that Jim...