Even though Tom Sawyer might be “civilized” and a socially accepted boy, Huck is a better person because he knows that slavery is wrong and he is more rational and reasonable. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain shows this many different situations in which the uncivilized person, Huck, is actually the civilized person, and also is more of a realistic and reasonable. One example of how Huck is more of a realistic person is when they form a gang and are going to rob a large caravan that is supposed pass by; when in reality they were going to rob a Sunday school. They are at a cave in St. Petersburg, Missouri. This took place by a cave after Huck leaves the Widow’s home to meet up with Tom.
This supports the thesis because tom is so much of a dreamer and wants to do everything that he reads. So it shows Tom’s childish side because he wants to go on adventures and he wants to be like his “heroes” in a way because he wants to do these things. Huck says that, “One time Tom sent a boy to run about town with a blazing stick, which he called a slogan (which was the sign for the gang to get together), and then he said he had got secret news by his spies that next day a whole parcel of Spanish merchants and rich A-rays was going to camp in Cave Hollow with two hundred elephants and six hundred camels, and over a thousand ‘Sumter’ mules, all loaded down with di ” minds and they didn’t have only a guard of four hundred soldiers, and so we would lay ambuscade, as he called it, and kill the lot and scoop the things (twain pg. 24).” This quote is a perfect example of how Tom is still kind of immature and not realistic and that he wants to do everything that he reads, just like a kid now, would want to do everything that he watches on TV.
... the novel Tom's maturity has surpassed Huck's. Tom's personal growth is evident in his insistence ... adult relationship to the community. Though early on Tom looks up to Huck as much older and wiser, by the end of ... maturity, competence, and moral integrity. Tom's adventures to Jackson's Island and McDougal's Cave take him away from society. These ...
“He could not be exhibited in any amorous encounters or engagements, in any of the juvenile affections which are appropriate to Tom Sawyer (Elliot pg. 7).” This is from T. S Elliot’s introduction to the book and it also supports the thesis, because it involves showing his childish side, of how he wants to do everything he reads Also Tom is uncivilized because of the way he accepts slavery, and how he is so stuck in the world of back then and how they treated slaves as property more than the human beings that they were. It was wrong and we all know it, but the thing was that since Tom was “educated” it was taught to him that slave holding was right and that and he should treat them as they were treated because they were seen as property. This is shown, but not as much, when he plays a trick on Jim, Miss Watson’s slave, by putting his hat on a tree limb when he was asleep, in the widow’s back yard, at night after Huck sneaks out to meet with Tom. At the time Huck thought is was funny to, but deep down inside and after remembering the moment he knew that it wasn’t the nicest thing that you could do to a person like that.
Huck states “Tom said that he slipped off Jim’s hat and hung it on a limb over his head… (Twain pg. 19).” This is the quote from the book, and after the incidence, Jim would say that it was witches that did that to him and they took him on a ride on their broomsticks and so on and so forth. That was not the nicest thing to do but for them, at the time, it was ok because it was taught to them that slaves were nothing, and they should not be treated how they would treat themselves, like people.
But probably the part in which it is shown the most that Tom takes Jim as property is when they are trying to get him out from the Phelps’s place so the can free him. Tom wants to make this, as much as possible, as what he reads out from books. He makes Jim go through all these horrible things that prisoners usually go thru and also make a plan to get him out like in the books also. Tom does this because he is a child almost, still and wants to do thing that he reads. So he makes him go thru all these things just so he can satisfy his need to do all the things that he reads in his books. Huck eventually has enough of it and just breaks in to the barn ad free Jim.
... at the beginning of the book, when Huck's friend, Tom Sawyer, tries to fool Jim, Miss Watson's slave. Huck and Jim still don't know ... -trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute… and ... , and Jim didn't call me when it was my turn…' (chap. XXIII). Even the little things like not waking Huck, show ...
Also another weird thing is that he knew that Jim was free the whole time because after Jim and Huck leave St. Petersburg, Miss Watson dies and frees Jim. Elliot writes, “Such readers protest that the escapades invented by tom, in the attempted ‘rescue’ of Jim are only tedious… .” (Elliot pg.
6) this also a point that he wants to everything that he reads. In conclusion Tom is a child in heart that is uncivilized in his treatment to slaves. Also the society is affected at the end because Jim is freed and nothing happens to society, and everyone takes him as a slave that cannot do anything and is able to escape with the people knowledge of him being “just a slave.” t. s. elliot intro to huck fin (7 pages) huckleberry fin (the book).