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Where in the novel do we see Huck as a slave to Tom Sawyer's beliefs?Like are there any...

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sharp3194 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 6, 2011 at 4:21 AM via web

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Where in the novel do we see Huck as a slave to Tom Sawyer's beliefs?

Like are there any good quotes and events in the novel that show how Huck starts off as a slave to tom and ends up not being a slave to toms sawyers rules, and by slave i mean like a guineapig huck always wants to be like tom.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 6, 2011 at 5:41 AM (Answer #1)

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Calling Huck a "slave" to Tom Sawyer's ideas may be a little strong, but there are times in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when Huck is quite willing to allow Tom to make the plans and lead the way.

Early in the book, Tom is the organizer and leader as he, Huck, Jo Harper, Ben Rogers, and a few other boys form Tom Sawyer's Gang. Tom was not only the first captain of the gang, he was also the chief imaginer of the exploits and riches and victims involved in the gang's exploits.

We hadn't robbed nobody, we hadn't killed any people, but only just pretended...Tom Sawyer called the hogs 'ingots,' and he called the turnips and stuff 'julery' and we would go to the cave and pow-wow over what we had done and how many people we had killed and marked. But I couldn't see no profit in it.

Probably the ultimate example of Huck following Tom's beliefs and plans was the effort to free Jim from the Phelps's cabin. Huck's plan to rescue Jim is straightforward and practical. However, Tom was not impressed with practicality or simplicity.

I knowed mighty well that whenever he got his plan ready it wouldn't have none of them objections to it. And it didn't. He told me what it was, and I see in a minute it was worth fifteen of mine, for style, and would make Jim just as free a man as mine would, and maybe get us all killed besides.

Sure enough, Tom works as hard as he can to make every step as difficult as possible - if not in reality, at least so they could "let on" that the escape had been achieved after all the proper implements had been smuggled into Jim and all the hardships of breaking out of the prison had been recognized.


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