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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

In the opening chapter of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” Aunt Polly, described as “the elderly woman” is looking for Tom. She finds him after he sneaks up behind her. He has been hiding in the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2009 1:00 pm UTC

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Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom plays hooky after his fight with Becky. After his fight with Becky, Tom feels unloved and unappreciated. Tom...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 4:46 pm UTC

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One of the main conflicts in the novel is Tom's desire to follow his own desires and fantasies at the same time that he wants to win admiration and acceptance from the adult world and from Becky...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2017 12:42 am UTC

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The idea of adventure is central to this novel in a number of ways, as pointed out by bullgatortail. Adventure, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is both a literal and a literary theme. Tom Sawyer...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2015 11:05 pm UTC

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Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom and Becky decided to go for a picnic. When Becky first instigated the idea, her motives were quite different. At...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 6:09 pm UTC

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Tom decides he wants to dig for a buried treasure left behind by pirates. He looks for a companion. When some of his first choices fail him, he approaches Huck. Huck, who is always up for an...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 8:44 pm UTC

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One of the traditions of small town life that Twain loves to skewer is church. Tom has to memorize some verses before going to Sunday school, and for that, he "girded up his loins" and began to...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2015 9:26 pm UTC

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Aunt Polly is suspicious of Tom because of his wet hair. During dinner, she asks a series of "leading" questions trying to get him to confess to having skipped school to go...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2008 4:36 am UTC

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Emotionally, Huck varies between being a typical young boy and a more mature adolescent. In the graveyard, he shows the young boy side, getting scared and reacting quickly and emotionally to the...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2008 11:40 pm UTC

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Tom, who has a very vivid imagination, generally dreams about leading an exciting life of adventure far away from his real life in the prim, respectable, sleepy little town of St Petersburg. His...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 3:49 pm UTC

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As always, Tom has more imagination than Huck. Unlike his friend, he doesn't want to spend Injun Joe's horde of buried treasure on pies, soda pop, and going to the circus. Tom has bigger plans in...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2018 6:29 am UTC

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Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, superstition influences Tom and Huck. Consequently, the boys evaluate where they will go after they pass away. Because...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 7:10 pm UTC

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In chapter 6 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom meets up with Huckleberry Finn on his way to school. They talk about different ways to get rid of warts. Huckleberry is carrying a...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 6:34 pm UTC

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Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom encourages Huckleberry Finn to hunt for treasure with him by demonstrating the entertainment and financial benefits...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 6:46 pm UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain's classic 19th century novel tells the story of Tom Sawyer, a wild young boy who grows up on the Mississippi River. The story is interconnected by a series of chapter "vignettes,"...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011 10:11 pm UTC

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While Tom, Huck and Joe were hiding out on Jackson's Island in Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the boys were alerted to a loud noise coming from the river. They rushed to the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2009 9:26 am UTC

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Tom makes an important discovery in Chapter 2, that if we want to make someone want something, we need to make that thing appear to be difficult to get. At the end of the Chaper, the narrator...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 10:49 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer is the character who changes the most in the novel. At the beginning, Tom is typical "boy's boy": high energy, mischievous, and interested mostly in himself and his own pursuit of...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 3:07 pm UTC

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Is your question refering to the way that Tom has to learn some verses from the Bible in this chapter? This amusing chapter begins as Aunt Polly starts the time of family worship after breakfast....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 7:35 pm UTC

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The “Adored Unknown” in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a girl. She is a girl that Tom first sees in Chapter 3 and with whom he immediately falls in love. At the point that Tom sees the girl in...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2013 5:29 am UTC

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When the realization that she and Tom are well and truly lost hits home, Becky’s reaction is one of extreme anguish. She sank to the ground, and burst inot such a frenzy of crying that Tom was...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 11:44 am UTC

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Becky is crying because she's insanely jealous of Tom's previous girlfriend. Tom has led Becky to believe that getting engaged is a big deal and that it only happens between people who really care...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 9:43 am UTC

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Tom is always busy trading for something in Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. But none paid off quite as well as his trades for Sunday school tickets because it gave him a chance to...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2009 3:46 am UTC

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Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) was not a fan of “church”. He once commented : “The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2007 2:16 pm UTC

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The Senator who comes to town is "Mr. Benton, an actual United States senator". Thomas Hart Benton is indeed an historical figure, the first United States Senator from the state of Missouri....

Latest answer posted May 18, 2009 2:03 pm UTC

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To answer your first question, I do think a child like Tom would smoke but most kids probably did not. Tom and Huck pride themselves on being adult-like, and not following the rules of others. I...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 4:28 am UTC

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The setting is the rural, pre-civil war American South in St. Petersburg, Missouri. Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. His childhood is likely a big inspiration for The Adventures of Tom...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2013 6:33 pm UTC

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I guess it sort of depends on what you think the real number two is. Injun Joe tells his accomplice that they should hide the money at Number Two, under the cross. So to me, that means wherever...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009 4:36 am UTC

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After digging away fruitlessly for what seems like an eternity, Tom and Huck finally seem to have realized why they still haven't found any buried treasure: it's all in the timing. Digging during...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 5:40 am UTC

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The boys were angry with the teacher because of how harshly he was treating them. You can find this in Chapter 21. The teacher was going overboard in his preparations for the "examination day"...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2010 10:49 pm UTC

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Tom is full of superstitious rituals that revolve around marbles. First, he thinks that: If you buried a marble with certain necessary incantations, and left it alone a fortnight, and then opened...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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You may be referring to the secret call that the boys use in order to attract each other's attention at night so they could sneak out of the house and go play together at night. The boys make the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2009 11:21 pm UTC

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In chapter 6 of Tom Sawyer, the titular Tom comes across the town ne’er-do-well, Huckleberry Finn. Huck is carrying a dead cat with him on the way to the graveyard. The superstition is that dead...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 5:32 am UTC

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Upon seeing the dead body of Injun Joe, Tom feels pity, as well as "an abounding sense of relief and security". Ever since he had spoken in court in defense of Muff Potter, Tom has been terrified...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2009 7:53 am UTC

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In chapter 34, Tom and Huck are getting ready for the party when Sid comes into the room. He tells them that everybody's been waiting for them, and then he says that Mr. Jones has a surprise for...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2008 12:15 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer critiques much of American society in this seemingly light-hearted set of adventures. First, he mocks how easily deceived Americans are and how readily a "con man" can trick them. Early...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 6:51 pm UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a bildungsroman, or a coming of age story. Twain is telling the story of how Tom grows from a young, naive boy into a worldly wise young man. By the end of the...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2008 12:03 am UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

A novel constructed of a series of comic vignettes, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer does have one thread that runs through these separate vignettes: the story of the villainous Injun Joe, who is...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2013 2:44 am UTC

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When the boys return to St. Petersburg, most of the parents are happy to see their children and Tom worries about the fact that no one is waiting for Huck. Tom, Huck, and friends are out camping...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013 4:22 am UTC

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In his brief preface to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, acknowledged that the future audience for his novel about a young mischievous boy in the American...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 6:02 am UTC

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The whole town of St. Petersburg is in mourning over the deaths of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Joe Harper. Only they're not actually dead; they ran away to become pirates, but as they...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 9:46 am UTC

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As your question stated, the situations that Tom Sawyer was in during the novel are different than situations today, but kids in general are not different. Tom is a typical junior high kid. He...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2015 6:44 pm UTC

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According to Chapter 25 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,only ghosts “use” blue lights. We are not told why this is so, or why Tom knows that it is so, but it is presented as a true fact. In Chapter...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 7:27 pm UTC

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This happens in the first chapter of the book. Tom goes swimming instead of going to school and he thinks he's going to get away with it. But then his cousin Sid tells on him and that's how Aunt...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2010 5:58 am UTC

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I wouldn't call it a hobby, but in chapter 12, Aunt Polly becomes interested in healing. She subscribes to health journals and experiments with the cures and remedies they recommend. In this...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2008 5:19 am UTC

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As the boys swear to each other that both of them will keep what they have seen and done between themselves, Huck admires Tom's "facility in writing, and the sublimity of his language," even though...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018 2:21 pm UTC

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Even wilder and less civilized than his pal Tom, Huckleberry Finn makes his first appearance as the forbidden friend in Chapter 6 of Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Tom is banned...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2009 9:53 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain's quintessential Romantic. Twain took almost every available opportunity to satirize Romanticism and its proponents in his works, and his creation of Tom is evidence of...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2010 2:23 am UTC

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In chapter 4, we discover why Tom doesn't like Sundays. One reason is that he has to take a bath and wear church clothes. Tom doesn't like baths:Mary gave him a tin basin of water and a piece of...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2008 3:33 am UTC

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I can tell you how Becky behaved, but you're going to have to decide whether her behavior was realistic or stereotypical, and only you can explain why you think so. This is a subjective question,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2008 12:31 am UTC

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