"Strong Temptations" by Mark Twainwho are the main characters and why

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“Strong Temptations” is from chapter two of Mark Twain’s book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Tom is the main character of the chapter. Throughout the chapter, Tom plays the key role of tricking other characters into doing his work for him. Although Aunt Polly assigns the work of whitewashing the fence to Tom, Tom creatively convinces other supporting characters to do his work. The chapter clearly focuses around Tom while the supporting characters only briefly emerge.

Ben and other boys (such as Jim)  are the supporting characters in the chapter. Although Ben is not a main character, Ben is an important supporting character because he (and other supporting characters) eventually whitewashes the fence for Tom. Not only does Tom convince Ben to do the work for him, Ben also gives him reimbursement for “allowing” him to whitewash the fence. Many supporting characters do this as well. For example, Tom receives: “twelve marbles, part of a jews-harp, a piece of blue bottle-glass to look through, a spool cannon, a key that wouldn't unlock anything, a fragment of chalk, a glass stopper of a decanter, a tin soldier, a couple of tadpoles, six fire-crackers, a kitten with only one eye, a brass door-knob, a dog-collar—but no dog—the handle of a knife, four pieces of orange-peel, and a dilapidated old window sash.” This demonstrates Tom’s ability to be persuasive and his manipulation of the supporting characters. 

As this clearly shows, Tom is the main character of the chapter and even the entire book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Tom is also quite a creative character who accomplishes a lengthy amount of noteworthy accomplishments.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The main character is Tom Sawyer. He is a young hooligan from a Southern town in the 19th century. In this chapter, he attempts to get out of whitewashing (painting) the fence by convincing various boys that it is loads of fun, and if they pay him they can do it too. It works!
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in tne stoy strong temptations  i am trying ti figure out the plot

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"Strong Temptations" by Mark Twain

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