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How would you describe Tom Sawyer?

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sirtaj | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:32 AM via web

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How would you describe Tom Sawyer?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2010 at 2:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Tom Sawyer, the hero of Mark Twain's book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is a precocious child with a penchant for finding a way to get out of work.  He is very clever which he demonstrates by finding a way for the boys to white wash the wood fence when he is supposed to be doing the task. 

Tom is a rascal that has a wild imagination which often gets him into trouble.  Yet, his humor and wit enable him to find his way out of odd situations.  He is also enamoured with Becky Thatcher who he woos.  Tom does not play by the same rules as those around him.  He is best friend to Huck Finn whom he runs off with to become a pirate.

Tom is also a kind person who may play tricks but looks after those he loves.  However, he does not recognize the seriousness of his own actions.  For example, when everyone believes he is dead, he uses this to his advantage.

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missbc | Honors

Posted August 16, 2010 at 3:09 AM (Answer #2)

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Tom is of course the main character in the novel. He is about twelve years old and has a half-brother, whose name is Sid. He lives with his aunt Polly.

He is full of mischief and he has a very lively imagination. He often leads himself into trouble (often with his friends). He is smart and playful.

But in spite of this he is a good boy, his heart is in the right place and he does know what's wrong or right.

In the course of the novel his character develops: he becomes more responsible, thinks about his actions and tries to do what is right instead of what is simply fun.


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