What three examples support the label for each of the following charactors? Huck Finn/realism Tom Sawyer/romanticism
Mark Twain used the charactors in adventures of Huck Finn to show his contempt for the romantic style of literature.
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Although they are friends, Huck and Tom absolutely see the world from different perspectives.
Huck is realistic in that he is very plain and down-to-earth. He is not a fan of education or reading. He does not come from a family where everything is perfect. He does not have lots of extended family in aunts, uncles, and the like. The world for him is catch-as-catch-can...in other words, he's on his own and it's every man for himself. Living in this sort of reality tends to ground a person and make him realize what is and what isn't important. Huck is the best choice for illuminating the faults of slavery and the prejudicial attitudes toward black people.
Tom, on the other hand, is a reader. He loves to read and his imagination shows it. The plans and the gangs they come up with where Tom is involved are all sorts of overdone (take the plan to help Jim escape from his captives after the Duke and King sold him, for instance). Tom's life is about as perfect as it gets. He has a family and an extended family. He is not poor, and is used to wearing clothes, eating indoors at tables with utensils, and has been exposed to the finer things in life. His life is romanticized, and because of this, Tom is not as grounded as Huck.
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