The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Contrast Huck and Tom's plans to free Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Huck and Tom devise different plans to free Jim beginning in Chapter 34. Before Huck even begins to think of his plan, he knows that they will end up following Tom's plan because Tom is such a "genius." Huck's plan is simple and straightforward. He tells Tom that they would need to retrieve his old raft from the island and steal the key out of the Uncle Silas' pants when he goes to bed. Then, after unlocking the door, they would simply lift one leg of the bed to slip off the chain in order to free Jim. Jim would then use the raft to travel down the river and escape at night. After assessing the shed, Huck suggests that they simply remove one of the boards and Jim would be able to sneak through the hole in the wall.

Tom's plan is drastically...

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