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What are three ways Tom shows maturity in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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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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Tom Sawyer is a journey through a life of a young boy that goes from being a mischievous daredevil to a kind and caring human being. He is one that always acts in a capricious manner, and probably always will, but we can see hints of his maturity and growth as we read the words to the story.

We first see a hint of maturity in Tom when he does something "nice" for Becky amidst their young "love affair". He takes the blame for her, which is not something someone who is lacking maturity would usually do for another. Some would say that this still lacks some maturity, because he is not telling the truth, which is true, but it shows a sense of maturity in that he is starting to recognize he needs to protect those he cares about. Learning and maturing along the way are all parts of growing into and becoming a young adult.  

The treasure hunt begins to show a new level of maturity in both boys, though I think it is safe top point out that there were aspects of this adventure that could have been handled with more maturity than what the boys show. They decide to stay close to the character they find is the murderer, as they want to catch him in the act (yes, this does show some level of maturity) but they could have taken it a step further and gone for help and not done it on their.  Part of maturing is learning when to ask for help and knowing when help is needed. 

The last place that we can see Tom mature throughout the story is with his punishment and chores at home, sure at the beginning and throughout he ran or had others do things for him, but as we read the store we can see a progression of his character becoming more understanding and beginning to mature as he accepts what is dealt to him.