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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain
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What age is Tom Sawyer?

Tom Sawyer is most likely around eleven or twelve years old at the beginning of the story and thirteen or fourteen at the end and in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Tom Sawyer's actual age in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not mentioned in the narrative; however, it is clear that he is a young adolescent. At the beginning of the story, Tom is portrayed as a childish and playful person, someone who has a kind heart and an adventurous...

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Tom Sawyer's actual age in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not mentioned in the narrative; however, it is clear that he is a young adolescent. At the beginning of the story, Tom is portrayed as a childish and playful person, someone who has a kind heart and an adventurous spirit. He's quite mischievous and often gets into trouble with his best friends Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn. Even though Twain doesn't reveal Tom's age, it can be assumed that both Tom and his closest friends are around eleven or twelve years old at the beginning of the novel.

As the story progresses, however, it becomes clear that Tom grows up a little. He develops a crush on Becky, he begins to understand the concepts of responsibility and accountability and realizes that his actions have consequences, and he begins to see things a bit differently. It is evident that he becomes more mature, which would mean that he is most likely a teenager near the end of the novel as well as in the sequel (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn). Thus, he's most likely around thirteen or fourteen years old at the end.

In conclusion, Tom Sawyer and his friends are children at the beginning of the story and are either teenagers or are close to teenagerhood at the end.

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