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How does the theme "Realism vs. Romanticism" play a part in the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain?

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Realism vs. Romanticism is a major theme that is satirized, it appears, continuously throughout the novel.  However, this analysis focuses on Twain's  use of Tom Sawyer's character.   In Chapter 2, Tom gets Huck to sneak out in the middle of the night.   At one point, Tom discusses the importance of having an "official" oath for the gang which includes various stipulations if it is broken.   The idea of kidnapping and ransom is brought up, and Tom responds by saying, "I don't know. But that's what they do. I've seen it in books; and so of course that's what we've got to do"(Chapter 2).  Here is a classic example of Twain satirizing Romantic writers of the past and present.   Tom Sawyer has read countless...

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