The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Write-Up The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark aTwin is a classic novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. It is set in the 1840s in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived as a boy. Schoolboy, prankster, lover, con artist, adventurer, and hero are all words used to describe Tom Sawyer. He is the main character of the book and often finds himself in a series of unfortunate events, whether it’s being at the wrong place at the wrong time or saying the wrong thing to the wrong person. The book also follows some of Tom’s friends as they make somewhat deplorable decisions that later get them into trouble. After missing school one day and getting into a fight, Tom is punished with the task of whitewashing a fence. However, he turns the punishment into a bit of entertainment and tricks other boys to finish the work for him. He convinces the boys that the chore is a great honor, so he receives small precious objects in payment. Around this time, Tom falls in love with a young girl named Becky Thatcher and gets engaged to her. She later shuns him after she hears about Tom’s previous engagement with a girl named Amy Lawrence. He tries to win Becky back, but it doesn’t go well, and she refuses a gift he tries to give her. Humiliated, Tom runs off and dreams up a plan to run away. It’s around this time that Tom runs into Huckleberry Finn (who would be the main character in Twain’s next and most acclaimed novel). Huck and Tom agree to meet in the graveyard at midnight to test a scheme to cure warts that involves a dead cat.The boys meet at the graveyard, which brings the novel to its pivotal scene when they witness a murder. A man named Injun Joe kills Dr. Robinson and tries to blame it on the town drunk, Muff Porter. Injun Joe is unaware that the boys have seen what he’s done. Afraid of the consequences of this knowledge, Tom and Huck swear an oath of silence. However, Tom becomes deeply depressed when Muff goes to jail for Robinson’s murder. After yet another rejection by Becky Thatcher, Tom and Huck run off with their friend Joe Harper. They steal some food and head to Jackson’s Island. They’re not there long before they discover a search party looking for three boys presumed to have drowned. They later realized they are the boys in question. They play along with the charade for a while and don’t reveal themselves until their “funerals,” marching into the church to the surprise of their families. Tom continues his flirtation with Becky with limited success over summer vacation. Eventually, overcome with guilt, Tom testifies at the trial of Muff Potter, exonerating him of Robinson’s murder. Potter is released, and Injun Joe escapes through a window in the courtroom. The court case isn’t Tom’s last encounter with Injun Joe, however, as in the final part of the novel he and Becky (newly reunited) get lost in a cave, and Tom stumbles across Injun Joe. Escaping his clutches and finding his way out, Tom manages to alert the townspeople who lock up the cave, leaving Injun Joe inside to perish. Our heroes end up ?happy, as he and Huck discover a box of gold (that once belonged to Injun Joe) and the money is invested for them. Tom finds happiness and  Huck finds respectability by being adopted by a woman that he saved. But Tom assures him that the adoption won’t stop them from occasionally causing mischief.  A major theme in the book is about moral growth maturation. During the first part of the novel, Tom indulges in many pranks and adventures, giving little consideration to the consequences. Fortunately, those consequences never seem to be more serious than causing annoyance to adults. At one point in the book, Tom gets into a fight with a city boy for no apparent reason. At first, they are just bickering, but then Tom starts threatening him. On page 16 he says, “Say – if you give me more of your sass, I’ll take and bounce a rock off’n your head.” Although he doesn’t follow up on that quote, the whole incident shows how childish and juvenile  Tom may be. But later in the book, Tom starts taking responsibility for his actions. After running away to the island, Tom and  Huck start to feel guilty, so they return to testify against Injun Joe. On page 146, during the trial, Tom states, “Most always – most always. He ain’t no account; but then he hain’t ever done anything to hurt anybody. Just fishes a little, to get money to get drunk on – and loafs around considerable; but lord, we all do that – leastways most of us – preachers and such like.” Through Tom’s testimony, we can see that he is maturing and starting to do what is morally correct. The author’s message in the book is that if see a crime, it is morally correct to report it to the proper authorities. This is shown in the book when Tom finally decides to testify against Injun Joe because he knew if Muff Porter lost the case, he would have received the death penalty.  All in all, I liked the book. My favorite part was when Tom and Huck attended their own funeral. I liked it because it was nice to see everyone in the church go from being heartbroken to overfilled with joy when they saw the boys standing in the doorway. But my least favorite part in the was when Tom got into a fight with the city boy. I wasn’t pleased with it for two main reasons. The first being that they didn’t have a reason to be mad at each other. They just met and immediately disliked each other. The second reason I didn’t like that part was because it was written in a format where is was kind of hard to telling who was talking. My biggest complaint about the book overall is that it was written in the 1800’s, and some of the phrases in the book are hard to decipher. But other than that, I liked the book and would recommend the book to anyone that is into books about romance, adventure, and crime. 


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