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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Transcript of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Novel Written By: Mark Twain
Created By: Jimmy Zhu
This story takes place in the shabby fictional village of St. Petersburg, Missouri, around the mid-1800s.
The author describes St.Petersburg as a small typical village. Life there was relatively safe and the people there were dull.
The novel's protagonist. Tom is a mischievous boy with an active imagination. Tom has a good heart and a strong moral conscience.
A simple kindhearted woman who is Tom's Aunt and Guardian. Since Tom is mischievous, Aunt Polly struggles to keep Tom under control.
The son of town drunk. He is an outcast to society and is adored by the local boys, who envy his freedom.
Judge Thatcher's pretty yellow haired daughter that Tom falls in love with. Becky and Tom both go great lengths to make each other jealous.
Joe Harper mirrors Tom and is his best friend.
He is Tom's half brother and enjoys getting Tom into trouble even though Tom is warmhearted. Sid is just the opposite of Tom.
He is half Native American and half Caucasian. He is villainous and violent, who commits murder and becomes a robber.
A young mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and half brother Sid, in St. Petersburg, Missouri along the Mississippi River.
Tom skips school without an excuse, or plays hooky on Friday and is forced to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence for punishment.
Tom then falls in love with a new girl in town called Becky Thatcher and persuades her to get engaged with him.
Then Tom accompanies Huckleberry Finn to find a cure for warts. They go to the graveyard and wittness Injun Joe Murder Dr. Robinson.
Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper run away to Jackson's island to become pirates. The village goes out to search and plans a funeral for them.
Tom and his friends return home and there is a great rejoicing. At school Becky accidentally rips a page from a the teacher's book, but Tom takes the blame.
Tom and Huck go out to a haunted house in summer to scavenger for buried gold. Unfortunately Injun Joe is looking for the same thing.
Injun Joe finds Tom's tools and gets suspicious. He carries the gold away to bury it somewhere else.
Huck spies on Injun Joe with the gold and overhears them planning to attack the Widow Douglas. Tom tells the news to them and becomes an anonymous hero.
Tom and Becky get lost in the McDougals cave. They find Injun Joe there burying the gold.
After spending many nights in the cave Tom finds a way out. After they get out Huck locks up the cave with a metal door.
Days later after realizing Injun Joe was trapped in the cave, Huck opens the door and Injun Joe is dead at the door.
Huck goes in the cave and finds the gold buried under a rock which is equivalent to 12,000 dollars.
The Internal conflict is between Tom and his imaginative world, and the expectations and rules of adult society.
The external conflict of this story is that Tom and Huck perceive their biggest struggle between themselves and Injun Joe, whose gold they want.
The external resolution is when Injun Joe dies in a cave because of starvation and when Huck retrieves the gold from the cave.
There is no Internal resolution to the conflict.
“Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and
a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden.”
The quote is serious because there is no humor evident. The character, Tom is dissatisfied by the tiring labor given to him.
Tone words: serious and dissatisfied
Moral and Social Maturation
In the beginning of the novel Tom is young and loves to play pranks. As the novel progresses Tom slowly matures putting the concern for others above the concern for Tom.
He also begins to help other people instead of himself. Tom now starts to show more maturity, competence, and moral integrity.
The locust trees were in bloom and the fragrance of the blossoms filled the air. Cardiff hill beyond the village and above it, was green with vegetation, and it lay just far enough away to seem a delectable land, dreamy, reposeful, and inviting.
Locust trees bloom in May - June which determines what season this novel takes place in. Cardiff hill seems like an enjoyable and appealing place where people can relax away from the village.
I found this book to be very interesting and I recommend people who like to read books with adventurous plots.
From this book, I found one connection where Tom and his schoolmates went inside of a cave. The connection was that I also went inside of a cave when I was in China.