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Growing Up in "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer"
An analysis of the theme of growing up in "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.
# 140595 | 1,250 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper analyzes the progression of Tom from a scheming boy to a responsible young adult. The paper first describes Tom as an immature boy that takes pleasure in making fools of others and refuses to take responsibility for his own actions. The paper then illustrates Tom's behavior as he begins to mature and how his response to various crises that occur in his town show how he has become to a morally competent and responsible young man.

From the Paper:

"The early stages of Tom Sawyer's adventures reveal an immature boy that takes great pleasure in having fun with various games. His pranks, often involving others, are an essential aspect of the novel that defines his lack maturity. Tom's Aunt Polly is often made the brunt of his pranks, which result in his being punished in chapter I: "Hang the boy, can't I never learn anything? Ain't he played me tricks enough like that for me to be looking out for him by this time? (Twain para.9). With Tom constantly trying to humiliate and reduce his family and friends as servants of his childish taunts, he is clearly too immature to realize what the effects of his actions on others. When Tom is being punished for lying about his dirtied clothes and his playing hooky from school, he is forced to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence as punishment. However, Tom refuses to take his punishment when he seductively convinces Ben Rogers to paint the fence in exchange for an apple in chapter II: ""Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little" (para.12). With Tom's strong skills to influence his peers, he displays an immature boy that takes pleasure in making fools of others---especially when he begins to think of getting revenge on Aunt Polly by selfishness making her think he was dead in chapter III."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Twain, Mark. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." 2007. Carnegie Mellon University. September 24, 2008. <>

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