The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is in some ways a coming-of-age story about an intelligent boy who has always been able to manipulate others for his own purposes. He changes as a result of several encounters and incidents, all of which lead him to become a more mature boy.
Tom Sawyer begins his tale as a careless, reckless boy who is used to getting what he wants and is rarely punished for his misdeeds in any serious way. As a result, he's not able to relate to the people around him and is more likely to manipulate people to achieve his desired ends. As the book progresses, Tom learns to empathize with the people around him. His willingness to change for his aunt Poll, his friend Becky, and the town drunk, Muff Potter, illustrate the way Tom matures during the course of the story.
Tom's relationship with Polly is a positive one. She's raising him with good values, and he knows she loves him. Even when she punishes him, he knows she doesn't enjoy it. Because she loves him, he's...
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