November 9, 2004

Tom as a hero?

I wanted to comment on the class discussion about Tom Sawyer being a hero figure in Huckleberry Finn. I think a hero is a person that someone looks up to for one reason or another. The fourth definition on the Merriam-Webster online dictionary explains the definition of a hero as an object of extreme admiration and devotion. If you are looking at a "hero" from this perspective, I believe Tom is a hero. Though my personal opinion is that Tom is a manipulator and I don't particularly care for him, he is admired by his peers. It was obvious that throughout the novel Huck referred back to Tom and whether he would accept Huck's decisions. Tom was a leader, whether a good or bad one, he was still a leader and all of his peers sought acceptance from him. So, do you think this makes him a hero because he is strong and amired? Or do you have to do positive things to be considered a hero?

Posted by JenniferHaun at November 9, 2004 12:31 PM

You know Jennifer, Huck really admired Tom, and perhaps for this reason is why I saw Tom having qualities of a hero. However, I missed the fact that Tom was kinding of just going in on the whole freeing Jim. I kind of see as this... Tom is an adolescent and I'm sure wanted to be envolved in an adventure, Huck's adventure. Ok, so what he was a little manipulative. Hopefully, Tom did see the good in freeing Jim, and wanted to be that special hero. Who really knows.

Posted by: ShannaDeFrances at November 10, 2004 2:24 PM

I definately don't see Tom as a hero. I see him as a manipulator, someone who does things just to get something out if it for his own benefit, just to get a reaction from people, whether it be good or bad.
I never really thought about it before, but maybe you do have to do something positive to be considered a hero. Many people are admired and looked up to, but that doesn't make them a hero.
And I don't think recognition is part of being a hero either. There are people out there that have changed other people's lives, that have saved lives, and no one knows who they are. But they are still heroes.

Posted by: Sarah Elwood at November 29, 2004 10:00 PM

Thanks for your comments guys. Shanna, I didn't want to sound pushy about my thoughts. You can think however you want, but I am glad you have an open mind. Despite your thoughts during the class presentation you can still see Tom's other side. I always try to see things from different angles.

Posted by: Jennifer Haun at December 1, 2004 12:06 AM
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