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Shvoong Home>Books>Adventures of Tom Sawyer Review

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Book Review   by:Devil_Sam     Original Author: Mark Twain
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Tom Sawyer is one of the most prestigious works of Mark Twain. Mark Twain is known for his humorous tales. I still recollect one of his stories, I had read in school, ’The Income Tax Officer.’ It was a hillarious prose where a character comes to know that he has been raided by an income tax officer only after discussing or rather over highlighting and boasting about his whole bank balance, his monthly profits.

Now the object of my article here, ''The Adventures of Tom Sawyer''

Tom stays in a village on banks of the Missisippi with his Aunt Polly who is nothing less than his mother to him. Tom Sawyer is a naughty lill’ boy who keeps on playing pranks and faces Aunt Polly’s punishments in the bargain. The white washing the fence act which is auntie’s punishment for Tom’s mischief is one of the most endearing n’ hillarious to read. But then Tom has a talent for which the whole of his village is proud of him. And the talent is his mischief. Tom at his age is also very much attracted towards girls in a very boyish way. He shows off in front of the opposite sex and even claims that every one in one way or the another has a habbit of showing off.

As the book proceeds, Tom runs away from home, sails on a stollen raft to a nearby island of the Mississippi and fantasizes of being a pirate with his other 2 comrades. However when these pals get bored of starvation or get frightened of something, Tom plans and executes a drama to present themselves back to the village which mourns of his loss. His friends include Ben & Huck (Huckleberry Finn, another classic story by Mark Twain). Ben is the timid one who always enjoys the honors of being a victim to Tom’s pranks. Huck is a daredevil who is also a lawless child, but only innocense of this child knows what it feels like to be without parents.

Tom and Huck even dream of being robbers n’ pirates. They have their own observations for being robbers. Here goes one of the most innocent paragraphs.

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’’Who’ll we rob?’’ asks Huck.

’’Oh, most anybody waylay people; that’s mostly the way.’’

’’And kill them?’’

’’No, not always. Hide them in the cave till they can raise a ransom. You make them raise all they can off o’ their friends, and after you’ve kept them a year, if it ain’t raised, then you kill them. That’s the general way. Only you don’t kill the women; you shut up the women, but you don’t kill them. They’re always beautiful and rich and awfully scared. You take their watches and things, but you always take off your hat and talk polite. There ain’t everybody as polite as robbers; you’ll see that in any book. Well, the women get to loving you; and after they’ve been in the cave a week or two weeks they stop crying, and after that you couldn’t get them to leave. If you drove them out they’d turn right round and come back. It’s so in all the books.’’

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That is how Tom preaches robbery to Huck. On their lill’ mission of attaining robberhood, Tom & Huck face and discover many new phases of life. But everything has been handled with an innocense of a child. All these acts of innocense and the co-incidents that take place in the surroundings comprise of ’The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer’

The characters of Tom, Aunt Polie & Huck are the ones which you hope could come true. As interesting as ’The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer’ is another work of his, known as ’The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn’ which is a sequel to this one.

Mark Twain tells ’The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer is a simply humorous way. Thus making you live, love, smile, curse and cry with Tom. The 300 pages of the book come to an end on a fly and see I am still smiling.
Published: September 10, 2007   
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  1. Answer  :    Aunt Polly is a mother figure to Tom Sawyer. She is a simple woman who is concerned about his discipline and safety. Tom loves her too but he loves his freedom all the more and finds his ways around Aunt Polly's ideas to keep his wild outlook under check. Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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