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by Mark Twain

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What is an example of a lie Tom Sawyer tells in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

An example of a lie Tom Sawyer tells in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is when Tom convinces his friends to paint a fence he is obligated to whitewash by fooling them into thinking the task was a great deal of fun. In this book, Mark Twain demonstrates through his protagonist the art of deceiving people by telling lies in order to motivate them into doing his bidding.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s classic story of a young boy with a free spirit for adventure along the Mississippi River in the mid-nineteenth century. Although protagonist Tom is a good-hearted boy, he often finds himself in trouble, playing tricks, pulling pranks, and breaking social rules. While Tom’s penchant for avoiding the truth and telling white lies frequently spells trouble, he becomes a master of avoiding both work and the consequences of his questionable actions by lying.

One of Tom’s major tools in his bag of tricks is his ability to lie with a straight face in order to avoid doing anything he considers unpleasant. He concocts simple plans and uses lying as a convincing technique to fool others. Twain presents one of literature’s most famous lies in this novel after Tom soils his clothes in a fight with a new boy in town. His guardian, Aunt Polly, punishes him by forcing him to paint a fence. Tom attempts to bribe a servant into painting the fence for him,...

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