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Tom Sawyer. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Published 1876 Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910 ) Hannibal, Missouri – Twain’s hometown Novel’s setting – “St. Petersburg”. PLOT. plot—sequence of events in which each event results from a previous one and causes the next

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Tom sawyer

Tom Sawyer


The adventures of tom sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Published 1876

  • Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910)

  • Hannibal, Missouri – Twain’s hometown

  • Novel’s setting – “St. Petersburg”


Tom sawyer

PLOT

  • plot—sequence of events in which each event results from a previous one and causes the next

  • What is the plot of Tom Sawyer?

  • Hmmm, is there a plot?

  • “episodic” – episodes, fragments, anecdotes

  • “a stringing together of remembrances”

  • List subplots


A missouri childhood

A Missouri Childhood

  • Is it a memoir?

  • Did the author have a good childhood?

  • Is it a children’s book? Who is the audience?

  • Twain said written for adults


Adults in tom sawyer

Adults in Tom Sawyer

  • How are adults written about?

  • What does the author think of adults?

  • Adults in book - list

  • Satire

  • Scenes where human flaws are exposed – social critique – satire

  • Tom is the agent for exposing the shortcomings and shortsightedness of the adult population

  • Social criticism of Hannibal and the American rural life it represents


Tom good boy or bad boy

Tom – Good Boy or Bad Boy?

  • Fundamentally a “good boy” although acts out in “bad” ways

  • Gradually reveals Tom’s inner goodness

  • Conscience – testifies at Muff Potter’s trial

  • Compassion towards Becky in the cave

  • “Foils” – Sid, Willie (the Model Boy), St. Louis smarty


Tom and community

Tom and Community

  • Action never farther than a few miles from the community

  • Drawn back to community:

  • Pirate – returns

  • Appearance at funeral

  • Only character who negotiates the divide between children and adults

  • Only one who speaks to both sides


Moving toward adulthood

Moving Toward Adulthood?

  • Becky

  • Coming into wealth

  • Persuades Huck to go to the Widow’s


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