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Tom Sawyer Thematic Statement Project
Transcript of Tom Sawyer Thematic Statement Project
Statement Work for It Mark Twain makes the claim that man covets what is worked for. Twain discusses how people only want what they know they cannot have. Moral
Whitewash Twain supports his claim when he allows Tom to escape Aunt Polly's punishment. It isn't until Tom makes painting a fence seem fun that the other boys are interested in helping him. Covet Me This Putting your all into something can give it a special meaning in your life. The harder you work on something and the more time it takes, the more important it is to you. As you work towards a goal you find the ends justify the means. "...that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." "...it was not such a hollow world after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain." "Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face and alacrity in his heart. And while the late steamer Big Missouri worked and sweated in the sun, the retired artist sat on a barrel in the shade close by, dangled his legs, munched his apple, and planned the slaughter of more innocents." "...Tom's energy did not last. He began to think of the fun he had planned for this day, and his sorrows multiplied. Soon the free boys would come tripping along on all sorts of delicious expeditions, and they would make fun of him for having to work - the very thought of it burned him like a fire.... At this dark and hopeless moment an inspiration burst upon him." All quotes used in this project came from "The Adventures of Tom Sayer" Butterfly Books version with unabridged text written by Mark Twain.