The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Little Big Man by Jack Crabb

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Literature allows the freedom of unrealistic worlds and stories to exist, so why would anyone want to read a picaresque novel? The answer is simple, but the reason is not. Human beings love to place themselves in what they read; we are selfish like that. Classic literature, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has proved that. Readers relate to Huckleberry Finn because he is not perfect, rather he is flawed and he is human. The same goes for Jack Crabb in his story of Little Big Man. Though these are tales of fiction, they depict Huckleberry and Jack as ordinary people finding themselves in wild experiences. They survive the situations thrown at them with their roguish characteristics in a way the common person can relate. …show more content…
Literature allows the freedom of unrealistic worlds and stories to exist, so why would anyone want to read a picaresque novel? The answer is simple, but the reason is not. Human beings love to place themselves in what they read; we are selfish like that. Classic literature, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has proved that. Readers relate to Huckleberry Finn because he is not perfect, rather he is flawed and he is human. The same goes for Jack Crabb in his story of Little Big Man. Though these are tales of fiction, they depict Huckleberry and Jack as ordinary people finding themselves in wild experiences. They survive the situations thrown at them with their roguish characteristics in a way the common person can relate. Huckleberry Finn and Jack Crabb are often forced to lie or cheat their way out of trouble, utilizing their resourcefulness and wit. Huckleberry is pragmatic with his lies, while not excluding creativity. Huckleberry will frequently create a family to hide the fact he is helping a runaway nigger. When Huckleberry comes across some slave-hunters intent to check his raft, Huckleberry plants the idea of a sick family with smallpox into their heads without saying so outright. He faked his own death by paying meticulous detail to his own murder, and escaped his abusive, drunken father. On a similar hand, Jack Crabb has also cheated death in a shootout with Wild Bill Hickok. He blinds Hickok with his mirror ring, which he had previously used to cheat him
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