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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom's being very cunning here, as always. He knows that the only way he's ever going to get Huck to go back to the Widow Douglas is by making an appeal to his sense of adventure. Running away from...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 6:17 am UTC

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Aunt Polly is the sister of Tom and Sid's deceased mother. The boys are apparently orphaned, so Aunt Polly, who has no children of her own, takes care of them. Aunt Polly is a loving and maternal...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 1:42 pm UTC

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Aunt Polly finds Tom very difficult to deal with and frequently complains about the trouble he puts her through, but she clearly loves him and worries about his wellbeing. Because she loves him so...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018 8:58 pm UTC

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The classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain tells of a mischievous young boy growing up in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, along the Mississippi River. In chapter...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 7:20 pm UTC

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When Tom fakes his death, he tells his aunt that he dreamed that he saw her mourning his death. When Tom and the “pirates” do not return after the storm, the town assumes they are dead. Tom takes...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 3:12 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer is often tempted to throw inanimate objects at his goody-two-shoes cousin. On this particular occasion, though, he throws some clods of earth at him. This is Tom's revenge on Sid for...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 6:00 am UTC

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At one point in the novel, when rejected by Becky, Tom seriously considers running away and plans his future career, from running wild with Indians to the honoured life of a soldier. Finally, he...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2013 7:38 pm UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, exists as the quintessential American text. The text illustrates the importance of imagination and loyalty. The friendships illustrated in the novel are...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013 11:48 pm UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

After Tom and Becky get lost in the riverside cave at the picnic, terror ensues. Becky and Tom's guardians are frightened by their absence, and Becky and Tom themselves must face an uncertain end...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 10:31 pm UTC

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Aunt Polly is Tom Sawyer's kind-hearted guardian. She is the sister to the late mother of Tom and Sid. Aunt Polly wants to raise Tom right, but the high-energy boy is always into some sort of...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 2:48 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer considers school "captivity" and has an especially hard time facing it on Monday mornings, after a weekend of freedom from its "fetters." Tom does his best to get out of school on a...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 10:26 pm UTC

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Great question! At the beginning of the story we definitely see Tom behaving almost bratty, and quite childishly. However, throughout many experiences in the story, we certainly can see a change in...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 9:55 pm UTC

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Tom lies about the teacher's book. Becky had accidentally torn it, but Tom takes the blame. Mr. Dobbins, the "master" at school, has a "mysterious book" which he keeps in his desk and takes out...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2009 1:11 am UTC

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I wonder why you think it was not a brass knob. Please let me know if you have some reason for this, because I think that is the correct answer. You can find this in Chapter 8 of the book. Tom...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 1:23 am UTC

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Tom envies Huckleberry Finn because he is an outcast. Huck is the son of the town drunkard, but he is essentially an orphan. The reason most of the mothers don’t like him is the very same reason...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 3:07 am UTC

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Aunt Polly's ambivalence about Tom is clear from the very beginning of the book: she is infuriated and concerned by his misbehavior, but at the same time she feels very tenderly toward him. We see...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 1:58 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer shows himself to be very clever and resourceful when he and Becky Thatcher get lost in the caves on a school outing. Once their teacher and the other children have left, it appears that...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 7:32 am UTC

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The cat serves as comic relief and another example of Tom’s exploits when he feeds it painkillers. Tom is feeling depressed because Becky hasn’t been to school in a while. He finds out that she is...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 9:55 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 9:20 pm UTC

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An external conflict found in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the character vs. character conflict between Tom and his Aunt Polly. Conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. An external...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013 2:33 am UTC

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In the book, at the beginning of chapter two page ten, it states that Tom "surveyed the fence and all gladness left him." It is a beautiful Saturday morning. The sun is shining and "there is a song...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 9:31 am UTC

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The brass knob is one of Tom Sawyer's most treasured possessions. It's also a sign of how serious he is about Becky Thatcher that he's prepared to give her this special gift. Unfortunately for Tom,...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 6:37 am UTC

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The opening of the story tells us that Tom Sawyer is a bit of a troublemaker. We can reasonably infer this because, in this scene, the young lad is hiding from his Aunt Polly in a closet with jam...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 8:03 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer demonstrates maturity when he takes a whipping for his torn spelling book. Later, he takes the blame for ripping a page of Mr. Dobbins's anatomy book. Tom committed neither of these...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017 7:10 am UTC

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Injun Joe and his companion use the haunted house as a hiding place for the money they have accumulated through criminal means. They have "a bag that jingle(s) pleasantly" hidden behind...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2008 8:23 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer is a bit of a scamp, a young boy who's always getting into some kind of trouble or other. Whether it's playing hooky to go swimming or raiding the pantry, Tom's usually up to no good,...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 2:11 pm UTC

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Tom returns home because he found out their families thought they were dead. Tom and Joe run away because Tom is feeling sorry for himself because he is worried about Betsy. He runs into Joe, who...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 10:47 pm UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is the archetypal adventurous boy. Mark Twain is a master of character description, creating some of the most iconic American characters—like Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Tom is, first...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 12:15 pm UTC

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Tom Sawyer is indeed afraid of Aunt Polly, though that still doesn't stop him from getting up to all kinds of mischief. She's quite a formidable woman, and in common with most adults of the time,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018 12:39 pm UTC

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There is a proverb in Arabic which, roughly translated, means "I against my brother, My brother and I against my cousin, My cousin, my brother and I against the world." This is an apposite...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 4:36 am UTC

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Aunt Polly punishes Tom by having him whitewash a fence on a beautiful Saturday morning when he is longing to be free to play. Tom is upset that the day of idleness and fun he'd planned is ruined...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020 11:56 am UTC

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During the events of the book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the eponymous character fakes his own death, eventually planning to return during his funeral. He comes back to his house at one point...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 11:37 pm UTC

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Actually, Huck gets the ball rolling when he says that Tom's suggestion of holding hands and swearing to silence isn't enough. Huck says it's girlish to do it that way and only good for ordinary...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 7:27 pm UTC

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Tom actually watches two different bugs instead of listening to the preacher. In chapter 5, Tom "did not enjoy the prayer, he only endured it--if he even did that much." His attention is...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2008 10:45 am UTC

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Injun Joe's death brings out a lot of emotions for people, but the reader is left guessing most of them. The fact that citizens and villagers all around the area flock in, families and all, means...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 6:42 am UTC

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As with most stories, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has multiple conflicts. Man versus man is definitely one of the conflict types that exists in this great book; however, Tom is in conflict with...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 6:32 pm UTC

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There are two main reasons for Tom's depression. First of all, his conscience is still nagging him to tell the truth about what happened to Dr. Robinson that terrible night in the graveyard. Tom...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017 11:55 am UTC

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In Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, there is a picnic scene where Tom and Becky accidently get separated from others in the group. Later on everyone realizes that they have probably...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2013 11:33 am UTC

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During recess, Tom and Becky get engaged. Tom had actually only just met Becky that morning during classes. Becky had been interested in what Tom had been drawing, and Tom had offered to teach her...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2009 7:33 am UTC

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In Chapter II of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer we find our main character, Tom Sawyer, having to work on a beautiful day. It's summertime in Cardiff Hill, a Saturday morning, and while the other kids go...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2015 1:17 am UTC

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I think there are many examples of Tom coming of age. When he gets the boys to whitewash the fence, using reverse psychology, because he doesn't want to do it. How many present day kids could do...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2010 7:40 pm UTC

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Aunt Polly catches Tom in a lie in the very first chapter of Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It was a beautiful day outside, and Polly was curious about Tom's activities of the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2010 4:04 am UTC

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Mark Twain wove modern social implications into his stories. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain points out racial injustice towards blacks in the South. In the person of Miss Watson, he...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2012 8:23 am UTC

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Aunt Polly’s remedies are not easy to swallow, as Tom learns the hard way (chapter 12). Tom makes the mistake of mooning around and thinking about the girl he likes, Becky. Aunt Polly notices his...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018 6:32 am UTC

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Two specific things that Tom and Huck bring to Muff Potter while Muff is in jail are tobacco and matches. You can find this in Chapter 23. Tom and Huck feel guilty that Muff is in jail. After...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010 5:27 am UTC

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Tom manages to evade his aunt's switching on this occasion with a trick. He has been warned many times that if he sneaks into the closet and eats jam without asking, he will be punished for it. He...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 2:48 pm UTC

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Everyone is right! The treasure was $12,000 so each boy would get half, and half of $12,000 is $6,000. This money is important to the sequel, because it's one of the reasons Huck's father comes...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 4:37 am UTC

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Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn witness a murder. Because the boys are afraid of the murderer, they make an oath with...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 5:17 pm UTC

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Aunt Polly is loving and patient with her mischievous nephew Tom. Aunt Polly is pretty much in over her head with her nephew Tom Sawyer. Tom is not only mischievous but clever, constantly coming...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 5:08 pm UTC

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Tom Sawyer remains consistent in numerous ways, as Mark Twain does a masterful job of creating a character who is believable because he has the kinds of flaws that many children have. Some of them...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 10:02 pm UTC

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