Do you think Tom was serious about all of the elaborate plans to free Jim?
Students may have varying opinions about Tom's motivations. It would seem obvious to most people that it is not realistic to set about making a 37-year plan for freeing a prisoner. However, the tone of Tom's previous speeches, combined with his character's unnatural charisma, may make the escape attempt seem more realistic.
Discuss how this chapter set represents a mixture of drama and comedy.
On the comedic side, Tom's plans to free Jim, Huck's assistance, and Jim's reactions, are clearly a mix of straight-man and slapstick comedy. Tom's acting as an impostor...
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