Tom's confession Tom Sawyer was a spoiled kid that needed to feel like he was in charge. Maybe he was jealous of Huck's adventures once he found out Huck was still alive. Tom needed to outdo Huck so he planned the escape of Jim all the while knowing Jim was free. Tom was still just a kid and maybe didn't realize how wrong it was, and was only thinking about himself. "Why, I wanted the adventure of it; and I'd a waded neck-deep in blood to...." Chapter XLII.