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What are the themes in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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corrie123 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 17, 2011 at 8:20 AM via web

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What are the themes in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several themes that Mark Twain explores in his wonderful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Adventure is certainly one of the main themes, and Tom and Huck and their friends enjoy more exploits than any kids their age should ever experience. Friendship is a major theme, since both Tom and Huck feel like outsiders in their own families. Since neither of the boys are happy at home, their bond becomes one of the most famous in all American literature. The boys' wild imagination is evident throughout, and they manage to maneuver in and out of trouble through quick thinking and unexpected turns. The boys' loyalty toward one another is another theme, and both of them trust each other more than their families or other adults. Superstition also plays a big part of the story, and there are many examples of 19th century folk tales and notions to be found. Truth vs. falsehood is another theme that runs rampant through the story. Tom tells many lies and whoppers, but he also has a conscience, and there are times when he realizes that the truth must be told.


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