The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a great book to read for anyone who loves classic stories. It is about a naughty boy named Tom doing a lot of mischievous tricks and risky adventures. He has a brother named Sid and a sister named Mary. Aunt Polly, who takes care of Tom, loves him even though he is a firebrand. Huckberry Finn, whose nickname is Huck, is Tom’s best friend as well as the partner in all of his adventures. One of Tom’s crazy adventures is when he and his friend were in a graveyard trying to revive a dead person with a dead cat at midnight.

Before they begin their process they see three men, Muff Potter, Dr. Robinson, and Injun Joe in the same graveyard. They quickly hide behind the bushes because they do not want to be seen by the three men. Instead, they witnessed Injun Joe murder Dr. Robinson for revenge, and then Injun Joe accuses Muff Potter for the crime. So scared, Tom and Huck run to a shed and complete a blood oath that they will never talk about the crime scene to anyone or they will die and rot.

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Besides going on adventures, Tom also likes to tricks the children to do his white washing (putting new coat of paint on his aunt’s fence) and trade his trinkets for the tickets that can be used to trade in for the Bible to impress the new girl, Becky Thatcher– when a student receives a Bible, it shows others that they had been a good student. I think teenagers today are going to like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Even though this book is a classic, there are still some naughty teenagers and they might want to read about how kids were in the 1800s Tom also demonstrates a heroic side.

After witnessing a murder, Tom decides to testify in court. In so doing, he rescues the poor drunk who has been wrongfully accused. He later saves the Widow Douglas from attack, and finds Injun Joe’s buried treasure–thereby becoming wealthy and famous. Tom get himself into trouble on numerous occasions. It’s true! But, he also demonstrates a certain degree of honesty and goodness.

In a more tragic slant to his prankster personality, Tom’s bought with being lovesick and brokenhearted leads him to another “brilliant scheme. He decides to run away to become a pirate, and he recruits two of his friends: Joe, a friend from school, and Huck, the homeless son of the town drunk. They steal a raft and run away together. They camp out on an island in the middle of the river for several days, playing a game of pirates. But their absence leads the townspeople to fear that the boys had drowned in the river. By that time homesickness had begun to set in, and the boys decide to return home. The subsequent scene–where Tom, Joe, and Huck arrive at the church for their own funerals–is classic (and unforgettable.