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by Mark Twain

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Describe the dialect used in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and how it impacts the reader.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is full of unique dialogue. The story takes place in Missouri, along the Mississippi River. In order to create setting and draw the reader fully into the story, Twain uses southern dialect to emphasize the location.

The dialect in Tom Sawyer also serves to build character. In the beginning of the story, when Tom is tricking Ben Rogers into doing his work for him, the dialogue helps show the age of the characters. With phrases like "Stop her, sit!...

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