The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer – Tribulations

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer – Tribulations

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Mark Twain uses "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" to reveal his own childhood. In the preface Mark Twain states "Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from real life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual - he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture." This is Mark Twain's "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer". From this point we begin our tour through the Adventures Of Tom Sawyer's life, accompanied by his friends. It is the story about life in a boys' world and it discloses feelings of Mark Twain concerning his boyhood, his town and the people there.


Tom Sawyer was a boy but not a genus that would describe good children as the protagonists. Tom Sawyer was a fiend yet he was never malicious, but always up to a trick or a practical joke of some kind. During the years that we view Tom Sawyer, a multitude of events had occurred. All of which are recorded in Mark Twain's style. Mark Twain composes in a picaresque style, Tom Sawyer's adventures being set out in an episodic journalistic report by Mark Twain. In "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer," Tom Sawyer, the lead character is seen as the protagonist, the hero of the story. "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer," also fits into the genres of satire, frontier literature, folk narrative and comedy.


Every adventure is new and more stimulating than the prior episode. These adventures are from an adult who views the adult world critically and looks back on the sentiments and past times of childhood in a somewhat idealized manner, with wit and also in a nostalgic way. Critics have suggested several other sources for the novel, including South Western humorist, George W. Harris. This is an example of "escapism" from a society that Mark Twain had felt alienated from. Set in the old South West, in an almost poverty stricken shabby town, called St. Petersburg.

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Tom Sawyer and his friends, try to deal with moral and social maturation; society's double standards; freedom through social inequalities and the superstitions in an uncertain world. This novel is the story of a boys' world. Everything that Tom Sawyer or his friends do in with great imagination. Mark Twain goes to great lengths to add small details to the story, to paint a picture of a boys' world. To these boys', wealth includes a piece of chalk, orange peels, a knife handle, a door knob, and even a dead rat on a string. Play is the most important this in a boys' world, and one must risk everything to pursue it. Some girls may relate to a story such as this but most girls would not. The point of view of girls in this novel is not demeaning whatsoever, but there are elements of the story that are placed must higher girls. The only glimpse that the reader sees of girls is through the eyes of Tom Sawyer.


Through Tom Sawyer's eyes, girls are very pretty and gentle, but girls are also portrayed as being temperamental. An example of this is when Becky Thatcher tells Tom Sawyer that she loves him. Tom Sawyer proceeds to inform her that, "you ain't ever to love anybody but me, and you ain't ever to marry anybody but me, never never for ever." Tom Sawyer then enlightens Becky Thatcher by letting her know that meant they were engaged. While trying to explain what engaged means, Tom Sawyer unintentionally lets it slip that he was engaged to Amy Lawrence as well. Becky Thatcher erupts in tears and refuses to speak to Tom Sawyer. Tom Sawyer finally loses patience and leaves. When Becky Thatcher realizes that Tom Sawyer is not paying attention, she looks for him, but finds that he has left.  


Humour is an essential element of this novel. The plight of love between two small children has already been mentioned, and it is a humorous part of the story. Another humorous feature is how the so-called bad boys become the centre of attention when everyone in town, think that they have drowned. There are many features in this novel to explore and we have only scratched the surface. Mark Twain was an extremely talented author using humour, satire, and real life situations to make his stories standout. He did just that because his novels have been the topic of many controversial debates.


Although there are those people whom, believe it would be better that Mark Twain's literature be banned from public viewing but there are also those like myself. Who believe that it is a fantastic part of our history and rite to read novels of this calibre? Even though people will continue to try and ban novels such as "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," they are merely just elevating their popularity, reputation and timeless appeal to readers, from everywhere in the world, young and old or boy and girl. That is just the type of irony that I believe Mark Twain would enjoy.

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