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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain transports the reader back in time giving a unique perspective of the world. Huck Finn is a wild, uneducated adolescent who by chance came into a large sum of money. Huck is constantly searching for a place where he feels free. He's not looking for trouble, but somehow trouble always finds him. Throughout the story, Huck is haunted by the ever present bad influence of his friend, Tom Sawyer. Huck Finn, being less "learned" than Tom, is always measuring himself against Sawyer. At the conclusion of Huck's story, he finally sees Tom for what he really is, and stops attempting to be him. Their relationship plays a huge role in developing the novel, and gives the reader an idea of how much more mature Huck Finn is compared to Tom Sawyer. Tom Sawyer has one solitary goal in life, having adventures exactly like the ones he reads about in stories. No matter how ridiculous the idea, Tom coerces the young boys around him to take part in the nonsensical plans. In the beginning, Tom and his foolish plans have on consequences, but in the end his actions affect other people. In Tom's mind, the more difficult something is to achieve, the more worthy a task it is. All he is interested in is generating talk and becoming a hero just like the stories he reads. This need for excitement and adventure nearly gets him killed, and Jim and Huck along with him. He has no common sense and is always belittling Huck's simpler more sensible plans. "What's the good of a plan that ain't no more trouble than that?..... It wouldn't make no more talk than breaking into a soap factory:"( ) Tom always seems to believe that the fictitious novels he reads are true, and that he, a mere child, would be able to have these great adventures. Tom Sawyer has no sense for danger, and in general no sense at all. Also, Tom is not Huck's true friend because he always seems to enjoy belittling him, and anyone else given the chance. When Tom forms his gang he has no idea about most of the tasks they must perform. When questioned all Tom can think to say is "Well, Ben Rogers, if I were as ignorant as you I wouldn't' let on." (11) The main difference about Tom and the others is, Tom is book smart, he read about all kinds of adventure. All the other children, especially Huck, are street smart. If they were put in situations like the stories, they'd be able to think of a sensible solution. In Tom's goal to have an adventure he overlooks the dangerous qualities of his imagination and endangers many who cares though, it generates talk and though Tom belittles Huck constantly, and lacks common sense, he has a huge influence on Huck. Throughout the whole novel, Huck manages to escape from some tight situations. Unfortunately, the shadow of Tom;'s ego is always hanging over Huck. Whenever he completes a task, such as faking his own death, he thinks of how Tom would have done it. Somehow, Tom's way always has more pizzazz; if he had been the one...

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