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Who is the "Model Boy" in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (chapter 5)?

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The so-called "Model Boy" is identified in this chapter as Willie Mufferson. Twain uses the capitalized epithet to signify the disdain in which his protagonist , Tom Sawyer, holds the unfortunate Willie, who is so good that all the other boys dislike him. He is called the "Model Boy" because he behaves exactly as parents wish their boys to behave. In this chapter, he can be seen escorting his mother to church, taking immense care of her as if she were fragile. Obviously, this excellent behavior on the part of Willie endears him greatly to not only his mother but also the other women in the church. The problem for the other boys is that, by...

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