George Saunders explains that the American Character can be captured from two point of views, the United States of Huck or the United States of Tom. America falls in these two categories because the United States of Huck can be described as curious while the United States of Tom can be described as simple minded.
America favors the curious United States of Huck because of its sense of hope and wonder, but it is more similar to the simple minded United States of Tom. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Tom was very naive. He believed the things he read in books or saw in movies. America is similar to the United States of Tom but in today's society, Americans generalize people or situations based off of things they have read or seen.