Friendship comes in many forms; sometimes your best friend thinks like you, dresses like you and loves exactly the same things you do. But often opposites attract and you find yourself being buddies with someone who is nothing like you at all.
One such example can be seen in Mark Twain’s novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). The two boys are best friends but their characters and lifestyles are very different. For a start, Tom is a clever, popular boy from a ‘good’ family, while Huck is a poor social outcast. Tom loves reading, has a great imagination and likes to be the leader. His crazy, original plans often get them both into trouble. Huck is more simple and practical but knows how to survive in any situation thanks to his personal experience. The thing that unites them is their courage, their love for adventure and their friendship.
Another pair of unlikely friends can be found in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811); and this time the friends are also sisters. Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are different both physically and emotionally. While Elinor is graceful, rational and responsible, her younger sister is extremely beautiful, emotional and romantic. Elinor knows how to keep her emotions under control, whereas Marianne exaggerates her feelings, both good and bad. These differences cause tension between the sisters as they think and act very differently from each other – especially where romance is concerned. Thanks to the love and friendship that exists between them, they manage to help each other and balance their extreme views.
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