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Transcript of Tom Sawyer
My personal opinions on Tom Sawyer vary based on the part of the book. For example, with Tom and Becky "falling in love". First off, you can't fall in love at their age. Second, Tom was moving too fast in the relationship. You don't just walk up to a girl and say "Hey, you're cute. Wanna get engaged?".
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer takes place in the centennial 1800's, a time where no modern appliances were developed yet. The book also takes place in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. The small town is based on the hometown of the author, Mark Twain.
Tom Sawyer is the protagonist in the novel. He has a history of being an apathetic worker and a mischievious boy. As the book progresses, Tom learns how to take more responsibility of his actions.
Aunt Polly is Tom's aunt and caregiver. She often struggles to discipline Tom because she loves him too much.
Huckleberry Finn is the son of the town drunk, providing him with the responsibility of raising himself. He is like Tom in many ways; he is lazy and superstitious.
Once disguised as the Deaf-and-Dumb Spaniard, Injun Joe is a villianous man who framed Muff Potter for the murder of Dr. Robinson. His motivation is revenge.
Becky Thatcher is the daughter of the county judge and Tom's new sweetheart. But after Tom "breaks her heart" by mentioning Amy Lawrence, the both of them go to drastic measures to make the other jealous.
Joe is Tom's mirror image, in the sense that the two do everything together. But they start to set apart when Joe is the first to be homesick on Jackson Island.
Sid is Tom's half-brother. In Tom's eyes, Sid is always aiming to get him in trouble. But in Aunt Polly's eyes, Sid is a goody-goody that never does anything wrong.
Muff Potter is a drunk and a friend of Injun Joe's. He is framed for the murder of Dr. Robinson and wrongly imprisioned.
Tom, Joe and Huck all run away to Jackson Island to become pirates. But the town thinks they drowned, so the boys make a surprise appearance at their own funeral.
While the boys were looking for treasure in a haunted house, they see the "Deaf-and-Dumb Spaniard" and another man find a box of gold and take it.
When Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn go to the graveyard one night, they see Injun Joe kill Dr. Robinson and frame Muff Potter for the murder. Tom testifies at Muff Potter's trial, but Injun Joe flees. Tom and Huck have to hunt down Injun Joe, with the fear of him hunting them down first.
Because he got into a fight and skipped school, Tom Sawyer's punishment was to whitewash a fence. Being the slacker that he is, Tom tricked his friends into doing it for him.
Tom falls in love with the new girl, Becky Thatcher, and they get "engaged". But after Tom mentions Amy Lawrence, their romance falls short.
When Tom accomppanies Huck Finn to find a cure for warts at the graveyard, they see Injun Joe murder Dr. Robinson and frame Muff Potter for the murder. The boys then swear a blood oath that they would never tell anybody about it.
As the book progresses, Tom and Huck generally mature into young adults. The book is built on their transition. The book is also very hypocritical, like how Tom doesn't know about the man he's turned into until the end of the book.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer starts off fairly slow, but as the book progresses, it starts to become a suspenseful and tense but still upbeat story. The book ends with you wanting to know more.
One major conflict is the struggle between Tom and Huck and Injun Joe. The boys believed that Injun Joe was out to kill them because they wanted his treasure.
Another conflict is between Tom and Becky. After they get "un-engaged", it turns into a jealousy war. They go through a drastic squabble just to be reunited in the end.
Personal Opinions (cont'd)
On a more serious note, the book was very slow at the beginning. It made me want to fall asleep at times. But it eventually got more interesting. there were even some chapters that left me in shock. Overall, it was a good book.
During Muff Potter's trial, the defense lawyer called Tom to the stand to state his case. when Tom leaked that Injun Joe was responsible for the murder, Injun Joe fled out the window.
Tom and Huck end up finding the gold. The Widow Douglas adopts Huck, who was unsure if he should go.
Tom and Becky go on a picnic in McDougal's cave, but they get lost. Meanwhile, Huck is hunting down Injun Joe for the gold. Tom and Becky later spot Injun Joe hiding in the cave. Tom and Becky escape, but Injun Joe is left for dead.
By: PJ Moore