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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, how and why do Tom and Huck Finn get along so well?

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Great question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom and Huck get along very well throughout the story. Although there are many different factors that contribute to this relationship, some noteworthy factors will be mentioned.

Foremost, Tom and Huck get along because Huck is usually willing to participate in Tom’s plans. Although Tom has other friends, not all of his friends are always willing or able to follow Tom in his creative ideas. However, Huck normally is willing to follow. As the text reveals:

“Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that offered entertainment and required no capital, for he had a troublesome superabundance of that sort of time which is not money.”

Furthermore, Huck is not only willing to follow Tom’s ideas, but he is also able to participate. Although Huck does not have much money, he has plenty of time and freedom. Due to his unique family situation, Huck has very little supervision or rules in his life. Thus, he is able to go unsupervised, such as with Tom to visit the gravesite at night.

Not only this, but the boys also have similarities, which adds to their relationship. For example, both of the boys are extremely superstitious. They both also enjoy disregarding social rules. Lastly, both of them experience problems with their family, such as losing a parent.

Thus, Tom and Huck get along quite well throughout the story. Although Tom has other friends, he spends much time with Huck. Huck is willing and able to go along with Tom’s ideas due to his unique family situation. They also have similar commonalities that further unite the two characters.

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