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The Opposing Influences of Tom Sawyer and Jim on Huckleberry Finn

"The adventures of Huckleberry Finn" conclude the trilogy of Mark Twain, in which he in his own way responds to a deeply felt need of U.S. writers to understand America. Therefore, Tom and Huck, the main characters of the novel, are two different types of people who have to go through a number of situations. In "the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" the image of Huck is much deeper revealed and multi-faceted than in "Tom Sawyer". The main lines of the relationship in the novel take place between Huck and Tom, and between Huck and a slave Jim. Both friends have a different impact on Huck.

Huck takes a little bit of individualism from Tom. Being carried away by Tom’s adventurous character and light-heartedness, Huck honestly considers Tom a well-brought and educated boy. He's kind of jealous of the fact that Tom Sawyer grew up in a family surrounded by care and love. Huck lacks great social experience and confidence of Tom. So he is often led by the nose by a little madcap. In this case, Huck is a bit distracted from real life; however, unlike Tom, Huck has a more developed common sense and practical savvy. The world of Tom is the game and fantasy while the world of Huck is real life with its joys and sorrows.

Huck is kind, ingenuous, unselfish, selfless and generous, but above all, he is independent and freedom-loving. Mark Twain managed to extend the concept of freedom perfectly well. The reader grips that freedom is not only a hatred of the selfish, the slaves of gold, traditions, religion, lies, but the willingness to fight for social justice. Therefore, the relations between Huck and a fugitive slave Jim have a great influence on the development of his personality able to lend a helping hand to those in need. Concealing Jim, Huck Finn rebels against the "civilised" society, which legalised slavery of blacks. Huck grew up in the South, where slavery imposed its stamp on the mind of every white man. Niggers are not people, they are only property. It takes the boy a long time and great difficulty to trudge through the thicket of prejudices — social and religious — until he finally decides to stay loyal to Jim. Jim is noble and generous, honest and kind. These qualities of a slave forced Huck to realise that every person has rights and freedoms regardless of race and social status.

Tom and Huck take the liberation of Jim differently. It is the game for Tom while Huck treats it quite seriously. Through these relationships, the writer perfectly reveals the value of such concepts as friendship, loyalty, equality, freedom and dignity.

"The adventures of Huckleberry Finn" conclude the trilogy of Mark Twain, in which he in his own way responds to a deeply felt need of U.S. writers to understand America. Therefore, Tom and Huck, the main characters of the novel, are two different types of people who have to go through a number of situations.

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