The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huck Finn represents Realism. Give an example of how he doesn't understand why Tom Sawyer the romantic, confuses Huck because his ideas do not make sense to him.

Chapter 3 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Huck's rationality and literalness appear in Chapter Three. Twain goes to great lengths to show that Huck is a logical thinker who only believes what he can see with his own eyes. Thus, Tom's band becomes boring when all they do is attack turnip wagons and Sunday School picnics. Unlike Tom Sawyer, Huck is unable to make-believe that the picnic is really an Arab army. The same thing happens with respect to Huck's Pap; Huck decides that Pap cannot be dead because the dead person was floating on its back rather than its face, meaning that it must have been a woman.