Tom Sawyer Essay, Research Paper
Mark Twain’s, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, is a story told from the eyes of the young Tom
Sawyer. The story takes place in the small rustic town of St. Petersburg Missouri. Tom Sawyer is
the main character of the book. He is an imaginative young man who always seems to be getting
into trouble. Tom is very adventurous, he never passes up a chance to play pirates, robbers, or
soldiers. At the beginning of the story Tom is introduced by climbing in his window after a long
night of cavorting with his friends. Soon after the start of the story Tom meets Huckleberry Fin.
Huck is a local outcast of society who likes to live by his own terms. Tom and Huck become
good friends. One night the two boys go to the grave yard. While they are there they witness the
murder of the town doctor, Mr. Robinson. The boys watched as Injun Joe kills the doctor and
frames a drunk by the name of Muff Potter who just happens to be at the wrong place at the
wrong time. The boys swear never to speak of this again. Soon after this Tom falls in love with
his new neighbor, Becky Thatcher. Eventually the two become engaged but the engagement falls
through when Tom accidentally mentions his former love while talking with Becky. The two
feud and do not speak. Meanwhile, the whole town is gossiping of the murder of Dr. Robinson
and the prosecution of Muff Potter. A trail quickly forms and Muff is put on the stand. Tom
knows he can not let the innocent Muff go to jail so as the trial comes to a close Tom testifies,
proving Injun Joe guilty. This is the climax of the story. After the trial ends, the man hunt for
Injun Joe begins. Tom is treated like a hero, but feels bad knowing that he broke Huck’s oath.
Becky and Tom soon become friends again after Tom takes Becky’s punishment at school for
being careless with the teachers things. Becky finds Tom to be very noble.
Summer is coming near. Injun Joe is still at large and Tom and Huck are searching for treasure.
While searching near an old ghost house one night the two boys over hear Injun Joe talking about
some loot that he hid. The boys are determined to find it . As an end of the year celebration,
Tom’s whole class goes on a picnic and on a cave exploration near the wood outside of town.
While in the caves Tom and Becky get lost. The whole town searches for them but they are not
found. also in the caves Tom sees Injun Joe snooping around. This inspires him to find a way out,
which he does. After Tom and Becky are home the caves are sealed, leaving Injun Joe and his
treasure locked inside. Injun Joe dies of starvation at the gated entrance of the cave and his
treasure is discovered buy Tom and Huck who had found a secret way into the cave. The boys
become the richest men in town. Huck decides to break away from the outcast life and moves in
with a respectable widow in town. Tom and Huck are happy and rich and they promise to always
The main character of the book is Tom Sawyer. Tom is an imaginative young man. Whenever
He plays he pretends to be a pirate or Robin Hood and his friends would be his merry men. Tom
is also very adventurous and loves to go hunting for treasure with Huck. This feeling suddenly
came upon Tom one day. Tom got Huck and the went to search for treasure by the old abandoned
ghost house. Tom often uses his creative imagination to get out of punishment from his Aunt
Polly. Tom could make up lies like nobody else. He was very slick. Tom would use his
adventures to escape the havoc of daily life. When Tom had a hard day at school or a problem
with Sid, he would go on a treasure hunt , or go play Robin Hood in the woods. believe it can
Tom has many important decisions to make throughout the book. of Muff Potter during his trial
and actually his lie that saves Becky Thatcher from being whipped. Tom is made out to be this
wild conniving little cheater at the beginning of the book, but as the story proceeds Tom begins
to mature, tell the truth, show signs of nobility and charisma, and not be such a naughty little boy.
Tom goes from boy to man in this book. His view of the importance of truth changes and he
understands that in order to do what is right it wont be easy and that there may be some hardships
along the way. This book has multiple themes but the most important is knowing when its right
to talk and tell the truth and when its better to be quiet or lie.