12 Jul 2009

Essays on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Every generation has its authors who remind us what it is to be a child in the current society, writers who do not beautify youth with delusions of romance and grandeur, but who focus on the adventures of childhood.  In his novel, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” published in 1876, Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) presents such a tale of a young boy, Tom Sawyer, who is on the verge of adulthood.

In the novel, Tom Sawyer is a young, imaginative and mischievous youth who lives in St. Petersburg, Missouri, with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid.  Following Tom through a series of adventures, readers are witness to his tumultuous life, in one step a troublesome child into mischief and in the next, the hero and envy of those around him.

Mark Twain did, however, fail to achieve his original ideal, that of taking Tom Sawyer from child to full adulthood.  He did, however, show how Tom had begun the transition from mischievous youth to adulthood by his developing responsibility and by his dedication to romancing the young Becky Thatcher.  The development of Tom’s courage is also central to the story, demonstrated in his dealings with Injun Joe, the core villain of Tom’s life.

  • Mark Twain used his novel on several occasions to attack what he considered imperfections in society.  Identify at least one example of this and explain the meaning of the text in which it is found.
  • In chapter 24, Mark Twain wrote “Tom was a glittering hero once more – the pet of the old, the envy of the young.  His name even went into immortal print, for the village paper magnified him.  There were some that believed he would be President, yet, if he escaped hanging.”  What did Mark Twain attempt to convey with these words?

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