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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is an innocent who grows into greater maturity as his story progresses. We don't know exactly how old Tom is, but he seems to be about 11, old enough to develop a crush on Becky...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2020 8:01 pm UTC

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In reading book reviews of the time period, I found three that had at least a slightly negative comment about some aspect of the novel. Hartford Daily Times (December 20, 1876) (a general...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 9:55 pm UTC

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Tom and Huck have set out for the supposedly haunted house, where they believe there's buried treasure to be found. But in their excitement at the prospect of finding all that lovely loot, they've...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021 11:15 am UTC

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In chapter 11, we are told that "a gory knife had been found close to the murdered man, and it had been recognized by somebody as belonging to Muff Potter." This then is the principal reason as to...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 3:22 pm UTC

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Tom is no stranger to whacks and lickin's in Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He gets plenty of punishment from his teacher at school and regularly avoids the outstretched hand of...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2009 11:38 am UTC

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In Tom Sawyer, and then later in Huck Finn, the relationship between work and play helps shape both the books and their characters in many different ways. However, it is a tension, rather than an...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2007 2:21 am UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in the very first paragraph of chapter 6. Tom Sawyer really does not like Mondays. Readers are told that he finds the day "miserable." The reason for Tom's...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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Tom Sawyer is an interesting character because he is mischievous and is usually bucking the order of things, but at the same time, as his character develops through the novel, we see that he has a...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 3:52 am UTC

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I assume that you are talking about the storm that blows up while the three boys are out on the island. If that is what you are looking for, then the piece of good news is that their fire had not...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2010 11:49 pm UTC

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In church, the minister tells the story of how at the Millennium, the lion and lam will lie together and the child will lead the. Tom decides that it sounds exciting and wants to be that child, as...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2007 9:33 pm UTC

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The answer to this is that Tom gets into the house by climbing through a window. I can think of at least a couple places where we see him do this. The first place we see him do this is in Chapter...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2010 4:13 am UTC

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Tom found a side way out. Injun Joe could not find that way out, and died when the caves were sealed up.

Latest answer posted March 27, 2007 6:49 am UTC

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Willie Mufferson is only mentioned one time in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This mention comes at the beginning of Chapter V. There, we find that the boys hate Willie Mufferson because he always...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 7:13 pm UTC

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Tom's fantasy characters range from Robin Hood to Indian chiefs in Mark Twain's enduring novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but after his fight with prospective girlfriend, Becky Thatcher, his...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009 12:32 pm UTC

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Great question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom and Huck get along very well throughout the story. Although there are many different factors that contribute to this...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 3:04 pm UTC

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Tom Sawyer's been up to mischief again. Aunt Polly's discovered there's some jam missing from the pantry, and there can only be one culprit. Polly grabs hold of Tom and confronts him over the...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2018 11:09 am UTC

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Tom envies Huck's liberty and vagabondage, but at the same time he feels bad about him not having a family and belonging somewhere. He tells his aunt that it's "not fair" and adds that...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2008 11:48 pm UTC

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Living in a small town 150 years ago, Tom Sawyer and his friends, especially Huck Finn, spend a considerable amount of time unsupervised by and out of sight of adults. They generally make their own...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 4:42 am UTC

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Up to chapter 12 in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," the story has taken a menacing twist. Muff Potter has been found dead and Tom is into it up to his neck. To break the suspense, in chapter 12,...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2009 7:16 am UTC

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In Chapter 18 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom has just returned to normal life in town after he and his friends made their grand reappearance at their own funeral. He is the hero of all the...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 2:03 pm UTC

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As Tom and Huck are fleeing after witnessing the murder of Dr. Robinson, they are terrified to hear the sound of "a long, lugubrious howl...within ten feet of them". Tom explains that it...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2008 8:40 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer is drawn to Huckleberry Finn because Huck represents freedom. Huckleberry came and went, at his own free will. He slept on doorsteps in fine weather and in empty hogsheads in wet; he...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012 1:22 pm UTC

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Sid is Tom's brother. He is the good child who is a foil to Tom's ever-energetic mischief-making. Aunt Polly can rely on Sid to behave, go to school, and not make trouble in church. Tom often...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019 6:18 pm UTC

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In Chapter 6, Tom and Huck discuss the best way to cure warts. While Huck thinks that cats are the best cure for warts, Tom disagrees. He thinks that using spunk-water (rain water which collects in...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2015 3:35 pm UTC

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The statement of "boys will be boys" refers to the type of mischief and foolishness that is often associated with young boys as they mature. Certainly, this applies to Tom Sawyer. Tom is a...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2013 1:16 pm UTC

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Great question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Mrs. Thatcher and Aunt Polly become worried. After the picnic, Mrs. Thatcher and Aunt Polly go to church. Mrs. Thatcher and...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 3:35 pm UTC

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Tom is a young man, likely to get dirty. Remember that at this time, indoor plumbing was not used and daily baths not often taken. Most of the "washing up" on a daily basis was just a...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2008 12:52 am UTC

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They trade a live tick Huck found in the woods for Tom’s tooth. At the beginning of chapter 6, Tom loses a tooth. Aunt Polly had yanked it out that morning. Huck has a dead cat he plans to use to...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 8:43 am UTC

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If you are required to write an 8-paragraph essay on these two characters, I would suggest the following format:1st paragraph - introduction with thesis statement2nd paragraph - Tom's physical...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007 4:59 am UTC

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Perhaps, the best example of how wealth fosters social acceptance in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is in the development of the character of Huck Finn in the narrative. Whereas Huck has remained on...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2015 9:52 pm UTC

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Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Aunt Polly is an important character. Aunt Polly has many unique attributes. Foremost, Aunt Polly is compassionate....

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 5:32 pm UTC

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This depends to some extent on what you are talking about -- what crime. But I would say that both men are guilty of something. However, Injun Joe is guilty of much more than Muff Potter is. Both...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010 4:39 am UTC

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You can find the answer to this in a couple of places -- in Chapter 6 and in Chapter 9. The answer is that Tom and Huck are both sitting near the grave of a man named Hoss Williams. We find this...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010 8:42 am UTC

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Ben Rogers is an adventurous, imaginative, outgoing boy like Tom Sawyer and therefore a rival. When Tom has to whitewash his aunt's fence as a punishment from Aunt Polly instead of playing as he...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 4:05 pm UTC

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Tom Sawyer is the protagonist of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. On the surface, Tom Sawyer is a mischievous and naughty child. He is always jumping fences or figuring out ways to get...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 3:29 pm UTC

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Almost anything you choose can reveal Tom's character - a young con-artist, a liar, a manipulator. I will give you one quote. Right in the beginning of the novel, Tom's aunt is trying to determine...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2010 11:58 pm UTC

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Aunt Polly and Mrs Thatcher realise this when they meet each other and Mrs Harper in church the day after the picnic. This is described in Chapter 31. Mrs Thatcher assumed that Becky didn't come...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2012 2:42 pm UTC

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Tom was supposed to go to school, but as it's such a lovely hot summer's day, he decides to play hooky and go swimming instead. Aunt Polly is suspicious and tries to get Tom to own up at dinner...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018 7:17 am UTC

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When the Thatchers join the congregation, everyone begins "showing off" in their own way in order to make a good first impression on Judge Thatcher and gain his attention. Tom begins...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 12:49 am UTC

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In Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain articulates a parody of the two institutions that provide the pillars of society: school and church, and very especially, Sunday school. Tom is a romantic hero with a...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015 2:13 pm UTC

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His three wishes would probably include the following. First, I wish that Becky Thatcher would fall head over heels in love with me. That way I wouldn't have to give her my favorite treasures, like...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 8:33 am UTC

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Chapter 1 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer finds the title character being punished for skipping school. He is forced to paint thirty yards of a fence. Tom would clearly rather be out on one of his...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 3:45 pm UTC

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An omniscient third-person narrator tells the story of Tom Sawyer. This is the point of view of an adult looking back with fondness at a young boy's world. We know the narration is third person...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 12:36 pm UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has a third-person omniscient narrator. Although this narrator closely follows the protagonist, his views are clearly his own, and he sometimes has a different...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 6:34 am UTC

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In chapter nine, as the two boys realize other people are in the dark graveyard at night, it is Huck Finn who appears more afraid of this fact than Tom Sawyer. Their dialogue goes as follows: “Oh,...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 1:13 am UTC

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Tom has read enough fiction about pirates and buried treasures that he has some false ideas in his head about how to find treasure. His ideas differ from reality in that he thinks, for instance,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019 5:16 pm UTC

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This is an interesting question. I find nothing indicating Twain was anti-industrialist, though that isn't conclusive proof he didn't hint at anti-industrialism in his writings. Twain was, in,...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2012 8:23 pm UTC

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What still attracts the tourists even though it has been years since Injun Joe's death is the dripping water. This is the drip from which Injun Joe got some little bit of water as he tried to keep...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2010 9:19 am UTC

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Tom's growth can be seen most clearly in what he does for others, with his relationship to authority, and with his relationship with adventure. Rather than simply playing around and having fun all...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2008 9:44 am UTC

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Mark Twain is considered one of the finest writers America has produced. His novel, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is based on his own childhood in Hannibal, Missouri. Twain wrote about everything...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2012 7:33 am UTC

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