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Why did Tom not like Monday mornings in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain?

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The answer to this question can be found in the very first paragraph of chapter 6. Tom Sawyer really does not like Mondays. Readers are told that he finds the day "miserable." The reason for Tom's attitude and general hatred of Mondays is because Monday means he is forced to start up another week of school. Some wonderful descriptions about school are given in this paragraph.

For Tom, a Monday signals that another week of "slow suffering" in school is beginning. We are even told that Tom actually finds himself wishing that he did not have a weekend in between Friday and Monday, because the small break makes having to go back to school that much more horrible. Tom feels that school is like a prison, and we are told he feels that Mondays march him back into "captivity" and "fetters."

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