The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Compare and contrast Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Tom and Huck are both rebels, but they're rebelling against different aspects of society. Huck's father, the town drunk, is negligent, leaving Huck largely to raise himself. Tom, on the other hand, lives with his overbearing aunt. He rebels largely against the rules and religion pushed on him by her.

Both are mischievous and well-versed in deceit, but Huck is drawn more to the wild while Tom is the archetypal con man. Huck is practical and grounded, while Tom is romantic and drawn to the fantastic. Tom makes mischief from within society while Huck is seen fleeing from society.

Tom takes the lead, and Huck is happy to follow him, even when Tom's exaggerated approach clashes with Huck's practical sensibilities. These tensions come to a head towards the end of the book. While Huck has positioned himself as willing to go to great lengths to help his enslaved...

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