To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Annonymous The characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were very similar, yet were also the antithesis of each other. One major similarity between the two was their desire to escape their dreary lives. Tom and Huck were constantly breaking their house rules by going out at all sorts of strange times, like at midnight, to seek fun. The way they accomplished their escapes from town-life, however, were very different. As Huck had no sort of family, he was free to leave whenever he chose, save for Pap, who kidnapped him.

Even then, Huck was able to leave without people making a big fuss about it. Huck left by faking his death and as a result escaped town life for a free, vagabond life. Tom, on the other hand, was not able to leave whenever he chose, and therefore had to use his imagination to escape the doldrums of town life. As a result, ideas like the Tom Sawyer gang formed. Tom’s imagination separated him from Huck, Tom was very imaginative and able to dream up schemes such as the one to “rescue” Jim whereas Huck was more pragmatic, and arrived at simpler solutions.

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One example was how to free Jim; Huck’s solution for freeing Jim involved just stealing the keys and freeing him, while Tom preferred to create additional problems such as adding snakes and spiders, to make the rescue a fun adventure. Even though Tom’s imagination was livelier than Huck’s, both the characters were quick-witted. Huck showed his quick wits when he fooled the slave hunters into not searching his raft. Huck insinuated that his family had smallpox, knowing that the men would not get near a raft with infected people on board. Due to his quick wit, Jim escaped capture at the hands of the slave hunters.

Tom also had quick wits, and he showed them when his solution to Tom Sawyer already being at the Phelps’ was to pretend to be Sid Sawyer. In addition to being quick-witted, but Tom and Huck were extremely superstitious. Tom’s superstition was that he believed in ghosts. When Huck met him on the way from the ferryboat landing to the Phelps’ farm, Tom thought that he was seeing a ghost. Huck also had many superstitions, such as a loaf of bread filled with mercury will find dead bodies, killing a spider was bad luck, and that if you spilt salt, you had to throw some over your right shoulder.

A major difference between the two that highlighted their maturity levels was their reasons for freeing Jim from the Phelps’. Huck wanted to free Jim because Jim was his friend, and Huck also knew how much Jim wanted to see his family. Tom on the other hand, knew that Jim was a free man, yet agreed to free him because he sought adventure. Because of this desire, Tom created many dangerous situations for Jim; such as wanting to bring in spiders and snakes into Jim’s shack. The risks culminated with Tom, Huck, and Jim being chased by armed men as they ran away and Tom was shot in the process. Due to Tom’s lack of maturity, an avoidable situation was not avoided; had he just told Uncle Silas that Jim was free, Tom would not have been injured, and Jim would not have been tortured by the presence of spiders.

The episode of Jim’s captivity showed the biggest difference between Huck and Tom: Tom was a leader and Huck was a follower. Tom’s leadership abilities were exhibited when he became the leader of the Tom Sawyer gang and also when he persuaded Huck to follow his plan to free Jim. Those two events also illustrated Huck tendency to follow, he was not an officer in the Tom Sawyer gang, and he chose to follow Tom’s hare-brained plan to free Jim rather than his simp.

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird Interviewer: How do you feel about the way you were portrayed in this book? Scout: I think that I was portrayed very well and I enjoyed the character very much. I think my character was very daring and also exciting. Through the many adventures I had I liked my character even more than I thought it would be. Interviewer: What was your most difficult moment in the book? What was going through your mind at that time? Scout: That is kind of a hard question but I thought the most adventurous yet exciting part of my part was when I dared Jem to touch the house of Radley, the man that is known to suck the blood of kids. A very well known man in town. Interviewer: If you could change any of your actions in the book, what would you do differently? Scout: I think that in the story there wasn’t much that I would like to change but one thing that I would have liked my character to do was to show to the people in my town to know that not every black man is bad. Many people in my town happen to stereotype people that are black, but I should have taught them that they are not at all bad. Interviewer: How did you really feel about the other main characters in the book? Scout: I really enjoyed the other main characters. One character I liked what Jem, because no matter what you tell him he tries to act big.

In the beginning when we dared him to touch Boo Radley’s house, he didn’t show any emotion. Even though he was scared he was acting like he was big. Interviewer: Describe your strengths and weaknesses to me. Scout: My strengths are that everytime I get into something, I never let go. My weakness is that whatever rumor I hear I always believe it. For the case of Boo Radley I judge him by what people said about him without really meeting him.

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Interviewer: What would you like us to know about you that wasn’t covered in the book? Scout: My other characteristics is that I often like to chat and share rumors with others. I often like to share rumors but sometimes it becomes a habit of me. Interviewer: What are your feelings about the way your author ended the book? Scout: I felt really good about the ending because I learned a lesson by playing this part in the book. I learned that you should never judge a person on their looks or any rumors that go around. By listening to the rumors lead by others in my town I have learned that Boo Radley also known as Mr. Authur Radley is a nice and kind gentlemen. Interviewer: Now that you have everyone’s attention, is there anything else that you’d like to say? Scout: I would just like to say to everyone listening out there to also get to know the person better before you spread any rumors. Like they say “It is easy to spread the rumor, but replacing the rumor to the truth is hard.” Just get to know the person and you may find that person very nice and kind. Don’t judge by looks, judge by the heart.

You are hear on this earth to love one another.