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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain finds Huck Finn a very interesting character. We know this because he gave Huck his own book in the sequel to Tom’s. Twain delightfully describes Huck as the “juvenile pariah” and goes...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 9:04 am UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is full of little conflicts. My personal favorite is the conflict in the beginning of the story when Tom is attempting to find a way out of painting the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2015 3:58 pm UTC

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Muff Potter has been arrested for the death of Dr. Robinson. Joe has convinced Potter that he killed the doctor during the struggle, before he was knocked unconscious, and Potter believes him....

Latest answer posted November 25, 2007 9:06 am UTC

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First, buy a paperback copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer if you have not already done so. A new one is only a few dollars, and a used one is likely readily available for even greater savings. If...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011 2:07 am UTC

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Verisimilitude refers to the attempt to make something fictional look as if it were real, or non fictional. In the case of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain attempts at creating a...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2011 2:29 am UTC

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Huck is recovering from a fever when the Widow Douglas tells him that something has been discovered at the Temperance Tavern, Huck "[starts] up in bed, wild-eyed" because he is afraid...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2008 11:50 pm UTC

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In Chapter 5, the narrator states, There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure (175). This is the desire...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2009 2:10 am UTC

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Once Tom reveals that he witnessed Injun Joe stab Doc Robinson to death, Injun Joe jumps up from his courtroom seat and escapes through a window. He then returns to town disguised as a "Spaniard".

Latest answer posted March 19, 2007 10:22 pm UTC

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The main "less respectable" member of society featured in the book is Huck Finn. The son of a violent, outcast drunk, Huck lives by his wits and does what he wants. He wears ragged, cast-off adult...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 10:15 pm UTC

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I assume you are talking about the revenge that Injun Joe talks about in Chapters 26 and 27. If that is what you are talking about, then Injun Joe is planning to take revenge against the Widow...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 9:40 am UTC

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Twain uses his talents at description and, more so, his development of Tom and Huck's "world" in order to make the small southern town a character in its own right. While Twain could...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2007 11:11 pm UTC

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Samuel Clemens' own Missouri boyhood provided the inspiration for many of his characters. Both Tom and Huck are sketches based upon people Twain knew, for sure. In addition, many of the matronly...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2009 4:29 am UTC

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A good question! The idea, and more, the experience of play are so important to these boys because adult life and adult desires seem so heavy and constrictive, and because they often have a lot to...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2008 1:14 am UTC

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In the story "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", the narrator is not Tom, but a third person omniscient narrator who has deep understanding of Tom's personality, and why he is the way he is. The...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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The trip to Jackson island is similar to a scene from Its a Wonderful Life. The boys see a search party out looking for them, and reassured that there are adults that care for them. While...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2007 10:33 am UTC

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Aunt Polly punishes Tom by forcing him to whitewash a fence on a Saturday morning when he had planned to have fun. He is feeling hopeless and despondent. He thinks sorrowfully of all the pleasures...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 12:11 am UTC

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The answer to this question is at the beginning of Chaper 13. His "adventures" so far have just gotten him in trouble. His aunt is angry with him because he fed pain medication to the cat, and...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2009 2:27 am UTC

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This question has been previously asked and answered. Please see the links below, and thank you for using eNotes.

Latest answer posted October 23, 2008 6:14 am UTC

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While Tom Sawyer’s hometown of St. Petersburg is fictional, many elements of Mark Twain’s childhood in Hannibal, Missouri, were incorporated into the story. Note that Mark Twain is a pen name, and...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019 8:33 pm UTC

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The fictional town of St. Petersburg is a village on the west bank of the Mississippi River in and around which the novel is set. The town is the embodiment of innocence and naivete for the...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2007 12:02 pm UTC

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is about a young boy who cares more about adventures than school. It was published by Samuel Clements under the name of Mark Twain in 1876. The main character, Tom,...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 10:31 am UTC

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I might be a bit biased on this one, so bear with me. I think that the lesson of loyalty to one's friends is a vitally important lesson for teens. Too often, I think that adolescence is associated...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010 4:43 pm UTC

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Sneaking out at night to the graveyard, Tom and Huck Finn are horrified when they witness Injun Joe murder Dr. Robinson. Muff Potter is also there, and Injun Joe uses Potter's knife to commit the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 3:04 am UTC

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Tom Sawyer is the main character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and his goals shift throughout the book. The difficulty of answering this question is that Tom Sawyer has no over-arching...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 6:14 pm UTC

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Great question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, many events occurred during the boys' (Tom, Huck, and Joe) time at the camp of the Freebooters. Although many events...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 6:46 pm UTC

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They are afraid what they know about the murder, and they can't tell anyone because if Injun Joe got off, he would track them down and kill them in their sleep. As a result, the boys swear in blood...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2009 6:25 am UTC

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Tom and his half-brother Sid are living with their Aunt Polly because their mother, who is Aunt Polly's sister, has died, and their Aunt has kindly taken them in. I do not believe there is any...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2008 10:31 am UTC

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Both have a lack of structure, in that realistically they are without parents. They both have a penchant for bucking the system, i.e. rules, manners, and the like. They recognize in each other a...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2007 2:00 am UTC

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Great question. The first description, though, isn't scenery so much as it is the vivid and intense life of the animal kingdom. Compare that to the start of Chapter 13, when Tom is gloomy and...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2007 9:43 am UTC

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Becky is the daughter of Judge Thatcher, a figure who Tom views as nearly unapproachably powerful in their small village of St. Petersburg. The Thatchers are new in town (Judge Thatcher's brother...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2011 2:25 am UTC

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All the frames in the comic strip could appear to be illuminated by the light of one little candle held either by Tom and Becky. The ceiling of the cave could be very high, and the figures of the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 6:19 pm UTC

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Widow Douglas offers to adopt Huck after thier ordeal with Injun Joe. She feels sorry for him and decides that she will civilize the boy. Huck had also saved her from being killed by Injun Joe,...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2008 4:06 am UTC

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An early conflict could be Tom having to paint the fence. He resolves his dilemma by making it appear to be fun to the rest of the neighborhood and actually gets the other kids to do the work for...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2008 12:01 pm UTC

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You don't have to look hard to find examples of dialect anywhere in Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Here's a passage from Chapter XXVII: Doubts to be Settled - the Young Detectives, between...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013 2:34 pm UTC

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