What are the main events of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in chronological order?

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There are actually quite a few main events that can be picked from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Here are a few of them:

  • Tom Sawyer and his friend Huck Finn visit a graveyard and witness the murder of Dr. Robinson at the hands of Injun Joe. Unfortunately, Muff Porter is arrested for the crime.
  • Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper run away to an island, and the town starts looking for their bodies after their prolonged disappearance. The boys decide to reappear at their funerals and gain popularity due to this.
  • Muff Porter's trial begins and Tom reveals the truth as a witness. Injun Joe escapes from the courthouse and Muff Porter is acquitted.
  • By this time, it is summer and while Tom and Huck are looking for buried treasure, they see Injun Joe and his companion find a box of gold and take it for themselves.
  • Huck starts to follow Injun Joe and in the process, foils Injun Joe's plot to hurt Widow Douglas, a kind resident of the town.
  • Meanwhile, Tom and his classmate Becky get lost in a cave and see Injun Joe there. Tom and Becky find a way out and Becky's father, Judge Thatcher, orders for the cave to be sealed. Injun Joe is trapped inside and dies.
  • Tom and Huck go back to the cave and find the box of gold. They get to keep the proceeds, and Widow Douglas adopts Huck.
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Unlike most books you have read, most of this book is episodic.  That means that each chapter in the first part of the book is its own important event.  Once you get to the middle of the book, things start to get more interesting.  The part where they have trouble with Injun Joe and get lost in the caves and find the treasure is really the only significant part of the book.

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There are a lot of events in this book.  A few important ones:

  • Tom cons the other boys into whitewashing the fence for him.
  • Tom gets the Bible presented to him for allegedly memorizing Bible verses but can't answer a simple question about the Bible.
  • Becky rejects Tom.
  • Tom and Huck see the murder.
  • Tom and his friends run off and live on the island.
  • They go to their own funeral.
  • Tom and Becky are lost in the cave.
  • Tom and Huck find the money.
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