Tom Sawyer Background

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In the beginning of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, thirteen year old Huckleberry is a self-concerned, immature, naive boy who is conflicted with his own internal beliefs and the beliefs of the society he lives in. After escaping the civilized life he’s known, Huck faces many difficult situations on his journey, where he finally decides to follow his heart in making the decision to rescue a true friend, Jim, a runaway slave, although this may have others seeing him as a “dirty abolitionist”. In the end, Huck learns that society is not always correct in their ways. Huckleberry is taken in by a woman named widow Douglas and her ornery older sister Miss Watson and although they mean well, Huck sees it as suffocation, he …show more content…
Tom is a rambunctious, adventurous, daydreamer with a substantial imagination. While Huck sits and sulks in his bedroom, he hears a commotion outside; “pretty soon, I heard a twig snap down in the dark amongst the trees - something was a stirring…” (Twain 4). Huck jumps out of bed, and goes to the window, he says, “then I slipped down to the ground and crawled in among the trees, and, sure enough, there was Tom Sawyer waiting for me” (Twain 4). Huck and Tom start making their way off of the widow’s property when Huck trips alerting Jim from inside the house. Jim calls out, “say who is you? Whar is you? Dog my cats ef I didn’ hear sumf’n. Well, I know what I’s gwyne to do: I’s gwyne to set down here and listen tell I hears it ag’in” (Twain 5). While Jim sits, waiting to hear the boys again, he falls asleep, and Tom Sawyer’s rowdy attitude kicks in, while they sneak by a snoring Jim, he tells Huck, he wants to “tie Jim to the tree for fun” (Twain 5). Huck declines. When they finally escape the yard, the boys meet up with other friends where Tom announces his far fetched plans to start a gang, he says, “we’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood” (Twain 7). The boys decide that they will kill the families of the members who tell any of the gang’s secrets, and as one boy points …show more content…
Jim realizes that he has been fooled when he sees all of the leaves on top of the raft. Very upset, Jim declares, “En when I wake up en fine you back ag’in, all safe en soun’, de tears come, en I could ‘a’ got down on my knees en kiss yo’ foot, I’s so thankful. En all you wuz thinkin’ ‘bout wuz how you could make a fool uv old Jim wid a lie. Dat truck dah is trash; en trash is what people is dat put dirt on de head er dey frend’s…” Twain (86). Once Huck sees how he has affected Jim, his personality begins to change for the better; “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigge; but I done it, and I warn’ ever sorry for it afterward… I didn’t do him no more mean tricks…” (Twain

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