How does Huck change his mind about Tom?as a novel as a whole

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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Huck always looked up to and admired Tom Sawyer.  He liked his clever antics and considered his friend to be very intelligent.  However, after befriending and caring for Jim by helping him to freedom, Huck realizes that Tom's antics are hurtful and immature, rather than fun and entertaining.  The reader especially sees this when Tom puts Jim's life in jeopardy with his elaborate escape plan.  Huck and Tom are perfect foils in this novel.  Tom, the educated one, is the one who is morally and socially ignorant.  Huck, the mostly uneducated character, is the one who is mature and realizes how silly (for lack of a better word) the concept of slavery is. 

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Tom simply loses his credibility gradually  in the eyes of Huck, who had already begun forming his own views about people in general. The one thing that is consistent with Huck is that he believes people and makes generalizations of people quite fast only to realize later how phony, false, and hypocritical people can be.

Tom is a much more privileged child than Huck and most of his adventures are in his imagination. He makes much of nothing and creates stories. As expected, Huck hung by every word Tom said, and considered himself a special part of Tom's gang. However, the failure to complete tasks and the failed attempts to do the many different robberies and things that Tom wanted to plan made Huck realize that Tom was just full of it and slowly began to see him in a different light.

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thali | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Why did you like the story huckleberry finn?