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The Adventures of Tom Saw
Transcript of The Adventures of Tom Saw
By: Mark Twain
"In an instant both boys were rolling and tumbling in the dirt, gripped together like cats;"-pg. 13
At this point in the book, Tom met a new boy and they were immediate rivals. This simile helps represent the tension between the 2 boys especially during their fighting.
"Oh, Joe, you're an angel."-pg. 65
This metaphor occured after the murder. Injun Joe promised Porter that he would keep the murder a secret. This helped the reader understand Porter's gratitude towards Joe.
"...for he knew who would wait for him outside till his captivity was done..."-pg. 123
This example of alliteration was used after Tom took the blame for Becky. There is an emphasis on "who would wait" to show the reader that Becky would be waiting with gratitude.
"I could forgive the boy,now, if he'd committed a million sins."-pg. 118
When Tom returned home after running away to an island, Aunt Polly expressed her love for him by using this hyperbole.
"For some time there was no noise but the grating sound of the shovels discharging their freight of mould and gravel."-pg. 63
This imagery of sound emphasized how nervous Tom was during the murder.
"Sh! here 'tis again! Didn't you hear it?"-pg. 62
During the murder, Injun Joe repeatedly used the noise "Sh!". This told the reader that he was tring to be very secretive.
The cave represents a trial that Tom has to pass before he could be known as "mature". In order to earn respect, Tom had to face significant dangers and challenges in the cave. Only after having survived this with Becky, Tom could rejoin society. It also represents the symbolic change of Tom from boy to man. The cave also represented the unknown.
"Quick as lightning the half-breed sprang for a window, tore his way through all opposers, and was gone."-pg. 138
Here, when Injun Joe, a killer, was in court, Tom presented evident which proved crucial to the case. This simile compares Joe to lightning when he ran away from the court after the evidence was presented.
"The master's pulse stood still..."-pg. 47
When Tom was late for school, he explained to his master that he stopped to talk to Huckleberry Finn. Since Huck was a bad influence, this hyperbole showed the reader that even the act of talking to Huck was thought to be wrong.
"She looked perplexed for a moment, and then said, not fiercely, but still loud enough for the furniture to hear:"-pg. 7
In the beginning of the book Aunt Polly screamed to find Tom. This personification emphasized the ferocity of her voice to the reader.
" A log raft in the river invited him..."-pg.24
After Tom got in trouble for breaking a jar that Sid actually broke, Tom was depressed. The author used personification to show that the log invited Tom to sit and face his sorrows.
"This was a thunderbolt out of a clear sky."-pg. 32
This metaphor occured when Tom demanded a Bible after collecting the tickets to earn one. This helps the reader understand the rarity of this demand by comparing it to a thunderbolt.
"Ting-a-ling-ling! Chow-ow-ow!...Sh't! s'h't! sh't! (trying the guage cocks)."-pg. 16
While Tom was painting the fence, the other boys were impersonating a steamboat to make Tom jealous. This onomatopoeia shows that reader that the noises of the boat annoyed Tom.
"...and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it!"-pg. 18
This helped the reader understand the poplularity of whitewashing the fence since it had 3 coats.
"Just here the blast of a toy tin trumpet came faintly down the green aisles of the forest."- pg. 57-58
This example of alliteration was used while Tom was playing Robin Hood in the forest. There is an emphasis on "toy tin trumpet" because that is how Tom found Joe Harper when he was looking for him in the forest.
Overall, the figurative language examples contributed to the meaning of the story, youthfulness. These examples made the readers use their imagination. This made the story easier to understand and read. By using simple comparisons, emphasizing words, and symbolism, Mark Twain was able to enhance the menaing and readability of the story.