The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Written by: Mark Twain- Project by Blake Balderas, block 4

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer takes place in St. Petersburg, Missouri during the mid- 1800's. St. Petersberg is a very small town that is usually a happy place to live where everybody knows each other.

The rural setting is very important to the story because Tom gets to run around doing all kinds of things he could never have done if he lived in a big city like exploring caves, graveyards, haunted houses, islands, and floating down the river on a raft.

If Tom lived in a big city, the story would have been completely different. Tom's adventures would not have been the same at all.

Conflict and Plot

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer had all three types of conflict in it. It had man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. self. The conflict that I noticed the most though was man vs. man.

This man vs. man conflict was Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn vs. Injun Joe. When Tom and Huck see Injun Joe kill Dr. Robinson in the middle of the night, they are afraid Joe knows they saw the murder and that he will come after them next. Tom and Huck are afraid of Joe and both think he might kill them too.

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One of the main themes of this book is youth. Tom is a young boy who enjoys his childhood thoroughly. He is carefree and is always trying to get out of doing his chores so he can go have fun instead. He likes to play make-believe games like pirates or sneak away to go on treasure hunts.

I recognized this as a theme because by the end of the book, even though Tom is still young, he had grown up a lot because of the things that he saw and experienced during his adventures.

Also, I liked the way the author ended the book by saying, "So endeth this chronicle. It being strictly a history of a boy, it must stop here; the story could not go much further without becoming the history of a man."

Book Review

I really enjoyed reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book was really exciting from the beginning to the end. I read it in only five days because it was so hard to put down. I imagined that Tom was around my same age and I felt like I was on the adventures along with him.

There were some really violent or scary parts like the graveyard, the haunted house, and the cave scenes, so I would not recommend it to young readers. I would definitely recommend it to readers my age or older though.

I was sad when I finished the book because I wanted to hear more about Tom's adventures. I am looking forward to reading another book by Mark Twain called The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.