What is the main conflict in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?I have to make a poster with no words on it, but still describe the conflict with pictures.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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    Although the first few chapters of Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, deal with humorous episodes that introduce the principal characters, the main conflict of the story picks up later on and deals with Tom's "life-threatening entanglement" with Injun Joe. Tom and Huck's witnessing of the murder of Dr. Robinson eventually comes out at the murder trial of Muff Potter, and Injun Joe escapes. The boys' worries about Injun Joe seeking revenge upon them become a focal point for most of the rest of the story, and the various treasure hunts and adventures in the cave all revolve around Injun Joe in some way. If I were creating a poster, I would probably focus on all or part of these characters--Tom, Huck, Becky Thatcher and Injun Joe--in the cave.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think you could look at the main conflict in two ways.

First, you could look at what the boys see as the main conflict.  If you look at it this way, the main conflict is between the boys and Injun Joe.  They spend much of the book worrying about Injun Joe taking his revenge on them.

A second way to look at it is more philosophical.  During the entire story, we see Tom in conflict with the rules of the adult world.  We see him cheat to win the Bible, cheat to get out of whitewashing the fence, etc.


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