Twain and the People He Confuzzled

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This is on an essay by David L. Smith called "Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse."

"To become civilized is not just to become like Aunt Sally. More immediately, it is to become like Tom Sawyer" (368).

When I read this quote, my thoughts were that Huck being like Tom would be a very bad idea. Tom and Huck seem to balance each other in a way. Tom makes things extra difficult just so he can add style to it while Huck seems more realistic (or maybe that's just because he lacks an imagination?) about things. Huck automatically thinks Tom's always right just because he is civilized. Maybe deep down, Huck knew what becoming civilized actually meant.

Better thoughts this way...


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