Tom Is A Villain

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"The first time I catched Tom, private, I asked him what was his idea, time of the evasion?--what it was he'd planned to do if the evasion worked all right and he managed to set a nigger free that was already free before?"

This was my question as well. I think the real villain in this book is Tom. He used Jim as his plaything for his "adventures." While Huck had several moments where he realized what would be right and wrong, Tom doesn't care. He is selfish throught the book, but the ending really drills it into the reader. I think the audacity to even wear a bullet around his neck was wrong. That bullet was evidence of his stupidity and instead he wore it like a prize. I think Jim was the character with the most common sense and most honesty. I think it was interesting that Clemens created his character as if he was an ignorant man, when he was the most wise of them all.

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