Tom Sawyer's Cruelty

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At the conclusion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I find that many of the stories details stick out to me, one of them being Tom Sawyer's character.  At the end of the novel the reader discovers that Tom is even more manipulative and cruel than we previously thought.  Tom was already aware that Miss Watson had freed Jim in her will, yet he continued to treat him no better than a slave's master.  Tom paying Jim $40 dollars does little to make up for his manipulative ways.  In fact giving Jim this amount of money in my opinion is rude.  He feels as though $40 is enough because Jim really has very little importance to society.  Clearly Tom does not see that he has done anything wrong because he tells Huck that they will go on other adventures. 

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